What we know
- Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
- Infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects
- Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex without a condom with someone infected by Zika, even if that person does not show symptoms of Zika.
- There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.
What we do not know
- If there’s a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with risk of Zika.
- How likely it is that Zika infection will affect your pregnancy.
- If your baby will have birth defects if you are infected while pregnant.
PREGNANT WOMENLearn how to protect yourself and your pregnancy from Zika.
TRYING TO BECOME PREGNANT?Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider to plan for a healthy and safe pregnancy.
Preventing PregnancyIf you decide that now is not the right time to have a baby, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider.
Microcephaly & Other Birth DefectsZika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.
Pregnancy OutcomesOutcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the United States.
If you have questions about a possible infection or diagnosis
If families would like to speak to someone about a possible Zika virus infection or diagnosis during pregnancy and risk to the baby, please contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (local time). To reach MotherToBaby:
- Call 1-866-626-6847
- Chat live or send an email through the MotherToBaby website
- Page last reviewed: April 4, 2017
- Page last updated: April 4, 2017
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