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    Okay, so we are going to start TTC in (mid/late) April. We had planned on going on a cruise in early April. BUT, this whole Zika thing has me freaked out, because all of the cruises we are looking at go to at least 2 of the countries that are affected. It is hard to decipher what is fact/crap with the media blowing up everything. The CDC says after you are infected 10 days later it is out of your system and any future pregnancies would be fine. However, I am just waiting for them to retract that and say to wait a year.

    Part of me isn't worried at all, I have pretty severe reactions to mosquito bites so I normally pack on the bug spray anyway. I would just be more diligent than normal. Plus, I would have to get pregnant on the cruise for it to even remotely affect me.

    But the other side of me wouldn't want to put any future child in harms way, and I would have some irrational fear that I contracted it without knowing. Even so it is a small chance.

    So, what would you do? Am I totally being irrational?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanduh View Post
    Okay, so we are going to start TTC in (mid/late) April. We had planned on going on a cruise in early April. BUT, this whole Zika thing has me freaked out, because all of the cruises we are looking at go to at least 2 of the countries that are affected. It is hard to decipher what is fact/crap with the media blowing up everything. The CDC says after you are infected 10 days later it is out of your system and any future pregnancies would be fine. However, I am just waiting for them to retract that and say to wait a year.

    Part of me isn't worried at all, I have pretty severe reactions to mosquito bites so I normally pack on the bug spray anyway. I would just be more diligent than normal. Plus, I would have to get pregnant on the cruise for it to even remotely affect me.

    But the other side of me wouldn't want to put any future child in harms way, and I would have some irrational fear that I contracted it without knowing. Even so it is a small chance.

    So, what would you do? Am I totally being irrational?
    There is a ton of information out there from a lot of reputable sources (CDC, WHO, ASTMH, etc). I would go with whatever they say. You could abstain while on the cruise and in the weeks leading up if you are that concerned. Plus being careful with mosquito repellent and appropriate clothing.

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    There is a ton of information out there from a lot of reputable sources (CDC, WHO, ASTMH, etc). I would go with whatever they say. You could abstain while on the cruise and in the weeks leading up if you are that concerned. Plus being careful with mosquito repellent and appropriate clothing.
    There's some data coming out that it can be transmitted via sex too so I would probably go on the cruise, be as diligent with the spray as possible, and then wait at least a few weeks after to have unprotected sexy time/start TTC.
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    My husband and I went through a similar argument. We are going to Mexico in May and (at the time, not anymore, but not because of this, for monetary reasons) had planned to start TTC there. When we heard of Zika, it didn't change our plans, other than we were going to push off TTC until June, so 1 month away from the trip, and both of us were gonna use crazy amounts of deet since men can transmit it to women via semen. While the risks are there, most women do not get pregnant the first month they try, and I refuse to live like I am pregnant before I am.
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    Also I suggest liking the CDC on fb if you haven't already. They are posting a lot of updates about it it as they become available. It might be a good thing to keep an eye on in the coming weeks in case there are changes.

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    I was just talking about this with some of our Infectious Disease specialists the other day. They said that really the risk is only if you contract it while pregnant in your first or early second trimester. So if you know for a fact that you will not be pregnant while traveling to the countries where the disease is endemic then there is no issue. However if there is any chance you could be pregnant when yall go to those countries then I would consider changing your plans or taking extra precautions (wear long sleeve clothes and possibly stay on the ship).

    ETA: and I second Ashley's suggestion about following the CDC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetepDoc View Post
    I was just talking about this with some of our Infectious Disease specialists the other day. They said that really the risk is only if you contract it while pregnant in your first or early second trimester. So if you know for a fact that you will not be pregnant while traveling to the countries where the disease is endemic then there is no issue. However if there is any chance you could be pregnant when yall go to those countries then I would consider changing your plans or taking extra precautions (wear long sleeve clothes and possibly stay on the ship).

    ETA: and I second Ashley's suggestion about following the CDC!
    Sorry to threadjack, but did they say anything about the GBS risk? It sounds like the vast majority of non-pregnant adults who contract Zika have only ver minor issues, but I'm having trouble finding anything on just how big (or small) the GBS risks are. Everything is talking about the pregnancy issues, and I get it because that seems to be the most common issue, but there are mentions of BGS in adults, without much info on how significant is the risk. Any insider info?
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    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    Sorry to threadjack, but did they say anything about the GBS risk? It sounds like the vast majority of non-pregnant adults who contract Zika have only ver minor issues, but I'm having trouble finding anything on just how big (or small) the GBS risks are. Everything is talking about the pregnancy issues, and I get it because that seems to be the most common issue, but there are mentions of BGS in adults, without much info on how significant is the risk. Any insider info?
    By GBS I am assuming you mean Guillain Barre and not group B strep...correct? If so, there really isn't any info. However the risk is likely similar to that of Dengue as the Zika virus is similar to that. Guillain Barre is pretty rare overall. It has been associated with certain viruses but really what it is is the body's immune system going into overdrive with fight/flight and turning on the body's own immune system. It can really happen with almost any virus but usually we see it after a gastroenteritis (stomach bug) or viral URI (cold). So its not something I would really worry about much with Zika since it is much more likely to happen with contracting the common cold or a stomach bug. but again Guillain Barre is very rare.

    I'll be back in the hospital on Wednesday so I can always swing by and ask the ID docs if they have any other thoughts on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetepDoc View Post
    I was just talking about this with some of our Infectious Disease specialists the other day. They said that really the risk is only if you contract it while pregnant in your first or early second trimester. So if you know for a fact that you will not be pregnant while traveling to the countries where the disease is endemic then there is no issue. However if there is any chance you could be pregnant when yall go to those countries then I would consider changing your plans or taking extra precautions (wear long sleeve clothes and possibly stay on the ship).

    ETA: and I second Ashley's suggestion about following the CDC!
    I've been so curious about this! All the info that's coming from news sources has been so vague. Not that I'm planning on rocking this beach ball hanging from my midsection in Brazil anytime soon or anything, but I did wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSisterWife View Post
    I've been so curious about this! All the info that's coming from news sources has been so vague. Not that I'm planning on rocking this beach ball hanging from my midsection in Brazil anytime soon or anything, but I did wonder.
    yeah the big worry is the increased risk of microcephaly. The baby's brain is most at risk when it is developing early on. By the time you get to the end of the 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester the brain is already developed so the risk for microcephaly isn't there. However, this disease is doing stuff we have never seen it do and we have very little data to go off of right now. So there could be other things that the Zika virus does that we just don't know about yet.
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