Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience for an expecting mother. However, due care must be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of the expecting woman as well as the unborn baby.
One of the biggest threats is the mosquito. Research suggests mosquitoes are more likely to bite pregnant women because they detect their victims by the carbon dioxide they emit. Pregnant women emit more carbon dioxide and thus become sitting targets.
The mosquito is a vector for various diseases, including malaria, dengue, and chikungunya. It takes only a single bite to infect a person. In a tropical country like India, mosquito menace is a perennial problem, more so during the summer and the monsoon months.
Here are some tips for moms-to-be to keep themselves safe from the bite of the killer mosquito!
1. Wear light-colored clothes:
Mosquitoes seem to prefer those wearing dark colors. Basically, what attracts them is the heat retained by dark clothes. So, it is advised not to wear brown, black, or dark blue. Expecting mothers should wear light-colored clothes while venturing outside their homes. Not only will this keep mosquitoes at bay, it should also put the wearer in a better mood!
2. Cover your body:
Covering your body as much as possible gives mosquitoes less surface area to feed on. If you are travelling to a place that is prone to mosquito infestations, wear a full-sleeved top and trousers to ensure all your limbs are completely covered. Leggings or special maternity pants can be an option.
3. Avoid going out at dusk:
Mosquitoes are crepuscular creatures. That means they are most active during dawn and dusk. Expecting mothers should avoid going outside at these times to reduce the possibility of coming in contact with mosquitoes. Those who prefer to exercise outdoors should dress appropriately and then immediately get back indoors after they are done. Do not dawdle outside the home during twilight hours.
A convenient way to stay safe while outdoors is to use Goodknight Fabric Roll-On, which ensures complete protection from mosquitoes. Its natural formula and composition make it safe for use by pregnant women. Apply just four dots on the clothes you’re wearing to deter even the hungriest of mosquitoes!
4. Mosquito nets:
Using a mosquito net is highly recommended during pregnancy. Since pregnant women are such an appealing target for mosquitoes, and considering the damage even one bite can cause, it is a great idea to use a mosquito net – not only during pregnancy but after the baby is born as well.
During pregnancy you need to take care of not just yourself but also the baby growing inside you. Bear in mind that you are more prone to mosquito bites when you are pregnant. So follow these tips to get maximum protection against these pesky insects.