As we head into the warmer months, you and your bump will start to spend more time outdoors – at concerts, in the park, at the pool, etc. Of course, mosquitos just love a nice, juicy pregnant woman. You really want to use bug spray to keep the pests away, but before you put your finger on the trigger, you wonder, is it safe to use bug spray when I’m pregnant?
Most experts agree the answer to this depends on what type you use and how much:
Repellents that contain nonchemical ingredients such as citrus, citronella and chrysanthemum are, for the most part, cleared for use. However, natural products may not be as effective as the sprays that use chemicals.
The stronger, more effective sprays do have some toxic capacity so it’s recommended that they be used in small amounts. Animal studies have shown a link between DEET (a common spray ingredient) and cardiac birth defects – but we are talking only when used at very high levels. If you’ve spritzed yourself once or twice, don’t worry, but do take precautions with future use.
Tip: For better protection, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and then apply the repellent to your clothes. If you must, you can pat a tiny bit on exposed skin – like wrists, neck and face.
A great way to avoid bug bites is to wear unscented lotions, avoid being outside at dusk and stay clear of standing water.
As always, we are simply sharing our pregnancy stories with you. Please consult your physician to discuss your concerns or questions about bug sprays.