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Women Trying to Become Pregnant

CDC recommends precautions for women and their partners thinking about pregnancy.

What to do if you live in or travel to an area with Zika

If you aren’t pregnant, but you’re thinking about having a baby, here’s what you can do

Talk with your doctor or other healthcare provider

Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy should talk with their doctor or healthcare provider about

  • Their plans for having children
  • The potential risk of getting Zika during pregnancy
  • Their partner’s potential exposures to Zika
Graphic: Doctor with a woman
The table below shows the suggested timeframes for waiting to get pregnant after possible exposure to Zika:

Suggested timeframe to wait before trying to get pregnant

Possible exposure via recent travel or sex without a condom with a partner infected with Zika
Women Men
Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start or last possible exposure Wait at least 6 months after symptoms start or last possible exposure
People  living in or frequently traveling to areas with Zika
  Women Men
Positive Zika test Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start Wait at least 6 months after symptoms start
No testing performed or negative test Talk with doctor or healthcare provider Talk with doctor or healthcare provider

Decisions about pregnancy planning are personal and complex, and the circumstances for women and their partners will vary. Women and their partners should discuss pregnancy planning with a trusted doctor or healthcare provider.  As part of counseling with healthcare providers, some women and their partners living in areas with active Zika virus transmission might decide to delay pregnancy.

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