Do you know that pregnant women are delicious snack for the mosquitoes. It has been scientifically proved that pregnant women attract twice the mosquitoes than average normal person. The reasons are quite simple and logical. The two main reasons for these are pregnant women have higher elevated temperature than normal people. Mosquitoes are heat seeking suckers. Though unwanted make an invitation to them. Moreover, you now expel more carbon dioxide as you take more frequent breath. This is also a mosquito friendly gas. Thus you are the most eligible person among other people around you and this endangers the life of your unborn child. Here are the simple measures to ward of these blood suckers.
Thick cotton clothes :As it is desirable to wear cotton clothes during pregnancy to help you skin to breath. It also has some cons inherent. Very thin or flimsy cotton clothing helps the mosquito to put their suckers/proboscis through it. Go for thick cotton clothing which has obviously more thread count but you may lose a little bit of perspiration evaporation. You can compensate it for a loose fitting .
- Cover your body as much as possible. For office wear you can go for full sleeve cotton shirts or kurti. Trousers would be a good choice or the thick jeggings. Do not go for spandex light body fitting leggings. They have the potential to attract more mosquitoes. Jeggings or pregnancy jeans would serve all the three purpose of fashion, comfort and mosquito deterrent.
Light color fabric: The pastel colours of fabrics generally ward off mosquitoes. But this is still a controversial . So you can go for a mix and match to be on the safer side.
- Footwear: Oh did you know the ankle and foot is a favorite biting area of the mosquitoes. The simple reason being lot smell our foot emits. The mosquitoes have enough intelligent antenna to judge that that portion of our body is not easily accessible for us. So behind the knee and ankles you tend to swath a lot and how difficult is with a growing tummy!!!. How to ward them off : Wear shoes which covers your foot . Better if you go for colourful canvas keds or formal leather shoes instead of the open sandals or slippers. In winter time you can go for thick socks.
- Mosquito repellent sprays:You can make your own natural ones with neem oil and citronella or go for the natural repellents available in market. Please make it a point to carry a small spray bottle in your purse and spray it whenever necessary. To know more about how to make home made mosquito repellent read our post "5-natural-homemade-mosquito-repellent"
- Mosquito repellent cream: As it is a topical use make sure the cream is natural or the DEET used is of safe amount around 10%. A higher amount is harmful for your skin and irritation may cause difficulty and may ultimately result in unnecessary medicine intake .