Care for pregnant moms- protection against mosquitoes

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Two pink lines! Congrats Mamma!

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Welcome to the most beautiful phase of a women’s life – Pregnancy.
As women we hardly take care of our own selves. Most of the times we are either running for those perfect jobs whilst trying our best to take care of our family. But life takes a complete 360 degrees turn when we discover that we are pregnant. Yes, with a life growing inside us, we become extra cautious and start taking good care of our body! How thoughtful, right! The life which is yet to enter this world, makes us a better person and makes us believe in ourselves.

So, families, friends and work peers usually go out of their way in providing us that extra care when we are pregnant. And why not? We do deserve a little care, protection and love during that time.

Happy and young pregnant woman in park in summer

But as an expecting mom, you need to take special care of yourself in this weather. The rains may have brought with them a much-needed relief from the heat, but this does not come without a host of diseases. This humid and muddy weather along with mosquitoes which breed in stagnant water can prove to be a dangerous combination for pregnant women.

While most of us take extra care to keep our house clean and ensure that it is does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, a dirty neighbourhood can still harbour these disease-causing vectors. Pregnant women are more susceptible to mosquito bites because of a warmer body temperature and an increased release of carbon dioxide while exhaling. Moms, this means that you need to go the extra mile and ensure that you are well protected from these dreaded mosquitoes and the various diseases they may carry.

So taking care of one’s own self during pregnancy goes up one step further during this time of the year – the dramatic change in weather during and post-monsoon results in a range of health concerns. Let’s take a closer look at some of the diseases which are spread by a mosquito bite:

 

Dengue

Dengue is one of the most common illnesses which is caused by a mosquito bite (that of the Aedes aegypti mosquito). Off lately, dengue cases have been on the rise in the Asian sub-continent. This behavior can be attributed to longer spells of summer, as mosquitoes thrive well in hot and humid climate. If you contract dengue while you are pregnant, then you need to check with your doctor as dengue often results in low platelet count and a suppressed immune system. While there aren’t a hundred percent cases, most indicate that the baby is at risk only when you are in a later stage of pregnancy.

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 Malaria

Malaria is also caused by the bite of an infected mosquito which carries the dangerous parasite, namely the Anopheles mosquito.  Malaria is one of the most significant health problems worldwide[D1]  and is often said to cause low weight babies.

PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES
Research has suggested that mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women more than anyone else. As discussed earlier, the prime reason for this is that women generally exhale a higher amount of carbon dioxide in their later stages of pregnancy and this carbon dioxides is one of the most attractive fragrances for a mosquito.

Presenting some easy tips for expecting women to easily prevent the occurrence of these illness:

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Try to remain inside:
We all know, as pregnant women, it is just impossible to sit inside sometimes because of nausea. But try remaining inside during sunrise and sunset as this is the time when mosquitoes are most active. And remember to use mosquito repellents whilst you are indoors, especially during the day as dengue mosquitoes mostly come during that time. Good Knight Activ+ is of great help in this respect and ensures complete indoor protection – it comes with Dual Mode advantage which allows you to switch between Activ and Normal mode, depending on the number of mosquitoes.

Apply a repellent:
Yes, before you get surprised, the best way to beat a mosquito bite is by using a repellent. Repellents are particularly helpful if you are traveling or are spending your day outside. Just make sure that the product is Deet free. Deet is one of the major ingredients which is found in effective repellents. However, over the years it has been found that Deet can do more harm to your body than protect it. With recent advancement, more and more companies are coming up with effective Deet-free repellents.

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Good knight Fabric Roll-On is currently the best personal repellent available today. Just apply 4 dots of Fabric Roll-On on your clothes (it is non-staining!) and you will be shielded from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours. Don’t worry, this product is pediatrician certified and completely safe to use – it is 100% natural, made of citronella and eucalyptus oil. For babies younger than 2 months, it is advised to apply Good knight Fabric Roll-On on their cots, prams and cradles.

Making this simple habit of applying just 4 dots on clothes before stepping out a part of your everyday care routine can go a long way in protecting yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases.

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Wear appropriate clothing:
Try to wear full sleeved clothes whenever you are out. Since most couples go for a babymoon, you don’t have to be covered for the entire part of your holiday. Just make sure that you have applied repellent for protection and are properly covered during sunset and sunrise if you are outside.

So expecting moms there is a lot for you as far as protection from these mosquitoes is concerned. Don’t let the weather get you down – stay safe, stay protected!


About Udita Saklani

Udita is a full time working mom based out of Delhi. She is an IT professional and loves travelling and blogging. Udita is also the founder of http://withlovezuzu.com/ blog.
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