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Zika Viraus FAQ

Our number one priority here at Promise Prenatal is the health and safety of you and your precious little one.  With the growing attention on the Zika Virus and the concerns for expecting moms, we want to share some information and resources to help you stay safe.  Your doctor or midwife may have already started the conversation on ways to avoid the virus.  Here are some frequently asked questions about Zika Virus and ways to protect yourself.

What is Zika?

Zika disease is a virus spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

Why is Zika Dangerous for Pregnant Women?

As a mom-to-be, when you contract an illness, there is a possibility it may affect your growing fetus. Experts investigating Zika during pregnancy have learned that it can cause a rare birth defect called Microcephaly. Because of the dangers during pregnancy, the CDC (Centers for Decease Control) recommends pregnant women delay travel to areas with known cases of Zika . If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.  Here is a list of precautionary steps for pregnant women who plan to travel. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zikapregnancyinfographic.pdf

Where are the Outbreaks?

Many countries and territories are reporting Zika transmission.  However, all reported cases are outside of the United States. Recently, Brazil has reported about 4,180 cases of Microcephaly and about 1.5 million Brazilians have been infected with the virus.  For the most current list areas with known cases, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Zika?

If you haven’t traveled to a Zika infected area, chances are you have not contracted the virus.  However, if you are concerned, there are a few key signs and symptoms to note. They include a fever, a rash, red eyes, muscle and joint pain, as well as headaches and pain around the eyes.  It’s important to know that only one in five people infected with the virus actually have symptoms.  If you believe you have been infected, visit your healthcare provider.

While many women have the urge to travel and enjoy a nice vacation before becoming a mom, you should think twice about leaving the country.   Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before planning any babymoon or summer vacation to ensure you and your baby stay safe!  For a full list of facts and updated information on the Zika Virus please visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.

Ashley and Lyric

Someone reminded me the other day that pictures don’t convey the context in which they are taken.  So let me share a little about this picture.  This is my middle son Lyric, who will be two in a couple of months.  Every day when he wakes up the only thing I can count on for sure is that his hair will be wild and his attitude will match it.  He is my strong-willed one.  I love it.  I also have no idea how to parent it.  Most of my day with him consists of multiple tactics in seeking his obedience, most with little to no success.  He almost always has a bloody lip from falling because he has no time for caution or sense of danger.  He constantly pushes me to the limits with his whining and squealing about… well, EVERYTHING.  But then there’s his smile , his humor and his affection.  He plays hard and loves harder.  This picture?  This was one of those moments that I want to always remember.  A moment of hilarity in the chaos.  A glimpse of sweetness in a whole panorama of silly.  We don’t have it all (or much in general) together at our house, but laughter is always good for the soul.

Holiday Gift Guide for Mom to Be

The holidays are right around the corner and now is a great time to get some amazing deals on some must have maternity items. So, whether you are buying for yourself or wish to give others a tip as to what they can get you; use this holiday wish list to guide to start your shopping!

Belly Band

Belly bands are the perfect item to ask for. Why? They allow you to get some extra wear out of your favorite work pants and jeans before fully switching over to maternity pants. They allow you to wear your items unbuttoned, but provide a layer of coverage and support to keep your pants up and keep you in your regular clothes longer.

Moisture Wicking Pajamas

One thing that all moms-to-be should have (especially toward the end of their pregnancy) is moisture wicking pajamas. They keep your body temperature under control and keep you feeling dry all night long. A luxurious treat (because they certainly aren’t cheap); be sure to ask for a few sets because they come in handy post-partum as well.

Athletic Shoes

Most doctors agree that all pregnant women should engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Not only is it good for your body, but your baby as well. So, in order to remain active; you should probably ask Santa for a new pair of athletic shoes. You will need something that offers a lot of support. And, it may be wise to bump up your shoe size by a half size due to swelling and hormonal changes (oh, they joys of pregnancy).

A Body Pillow

If you don’t have a body pillow, you are missing out! They work wonders when you’re sleeping at night or just taking it easy on the couch. There are dozens of designs to choose from. And; certain pillows can alleviate sciatic pain, which many expecting moms suffer from.

Diaper Bag

The holidays are the best time to get your dream diaper bag. Top designers and major retailers offer baby bags at a highly discounted rate; and even allow you to use additional coupons or incentives. Look for something that is waterproof, large enough to carry all of your essentials, and best of all; fun to carry. This bag will become your purse and will be with you everywhere the baby is, so splurge on something you really love!

Whether you take this list out shopping yourself, or hand it over to friends and family members who are eager to shop for you; these are 5 must have items for a new mommy-to-be!

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