Have you noticed more interest from the insect community now that you’re pregnant?
There’s a good chance that you are not imagining things. Pregnant women do get more mosquito bites! Around twice as many, according to one study. Why?
Mosquitoes use heat to see. So that furnace you’ve been feeling in bed at night is to blame. It’s easier for a mosquito to find you due to your higher body temperature.
Pregnant women also exhale more carbon dioxide than other people, which is another way mosquitoes track down their victims.
So how do you avoid being bitten to bits?
Most people tend to reach for the bug spray. Which when used as recommended, most insect repellents are considered safe during pregnancy …read more here…
Then there’s always the physical block option:
- long sleeves,
- screens, or
- just staying inside at the buggiest times of day…
Not always the most fun option in the moment, but it may be worth it to keep excruciating mosquito bites off your current list of middle of the night discomforts!
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