How to protect yourself
Until we know more, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women.
Do not travel to an area with Zika
- Do not travel to areas with Zika.
- If you must travel, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and take steps to plan for travel.
- If your sex partner travels to an area with Zika, protect yourself from getting Zika during sex.
What to do if you live in or travel to an area with Zika
Right now, Zika is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico and pregnant women are at risk for becoming infected with Zika. If current trends continue, at least 1 in 4 people, including women who become pregnant, may become infected with Zika. Since Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects, it is more important than ever to consider if now is the right time for you to get pregnant. If you decide that now isn’t the right time for you to have a baby, there are contraceptive methods that are safe and effective. If you decide to get pregnant, there are important steps you should take to try to protect yourself from getting Zika.
|If you…||When to talk with a doctor||When to be tested|
|Traveled to an area with Zika||Talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider about your travel even if you don’t feel sick.||If you have symptoms of Zika within 2 weeks of traveling, you should be tested for Zika.|
|If you do not develop symptoms of Zika within 2 weeks of traveling, you should be tested for Zika.|
|Live in an area with Zika||Talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider throughout your pregnancy.||
You may be at risk of getting Zika throughout your pregnancy. For this reason, doctors or other healthcare providers can offer testing
Items to discuss with your doctor or other healthcare provider
See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you have the symptoms described above and have visited or live in an area with Zika.
Pregnant? Protect yourself from mosquito bites
Zika and Sex: Information for pregnant women living in areas with Zika
- Page last reviewed: February 8, 2016
- Page last updated: August 26, 2016
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