How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, you are more attractive to mosquitoes and they may be a bit more aggressive when attempting to bite you. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, which could be harmful to your unborn child.
There are several things you can do to protect yourself from mosquitoes during pregnancy. The first is to wear long sleeved clothing and a mosquito net to keep mosquitoes off you and your baby. The second is to use an insect repellent that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A mosquito repellent that contains 20 percent DEET and has a SPF of at least 30 should be used. These products are tested to see if they are effective and safe.
It is also important to use mosquito nets for beds. These mosquito nets can be purchased at outdoor stores and should be inspected by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme before use.
Another way to protect yourself and your baby from mosquitoes is to use sunscreen. You should apply a safe sunscreen that is made especially for pregnant women before using any insect repellent.
You may also want to apply cold ice packs to reduce swelling. This is a good way to prevent mosquito bites, which can also lead to mosquito borne illnesses such as malaria.
The best way to avoid mosquitoes is to wear a mosquito net, preferably a bed net. The mosquito bed net should be approved by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme and you should not wash it in the sun.