*We are very excited because this is our first joint post with a video chat (link at the bottom)
Holidays, vacations, weddings, honeymoons… planning for these used to be a lot less stressful before the Zika virus started to spread. It’s a growing concern for us women (and men) who are planning on starting a family, extending a family, or even just wanting the option to later have a baby. As of last week, 9,011 cases of Zika had been reported in the United States territories, most in Puerto Rico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link).
If you’ve been hiding under a rock lately and haven’t heard about Zika… it’s a virus disease caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, headache or no symptoms at all. (link) Zika can also spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. This can result in microcephaly, severe brain malformations, and other birth defects which is why we keep seeing photos of those poor babies with tiny heads. (link) It effects men as well as women and Zika can be passed on through sex and can stay in a man’s sperm for 6 months. (link) These are just some excerpts from the internet, but the reality is… these facts aren’t even proven to be 100% accurate. Whatever the case, it seems to be spreading fast and effecting women in America which is really worrying.
This horrific virus is making both Simone and I very nervous about our future travel plans. For one, I’ve planned a fishing trip to Cabo, Mexico (next month!) with 5 other families since last year. Now that Zika has been spreading around Mexico like wildfire, I am constantly checking to make sure that Cabo doesn’t get hit. The CDC says to prevent getting bit by mosquitos, we need to use repellent on our skin and clothes. Yea, I tried that not too long ago in Canada and they still bit me… even through my sweater. I’m pretty screwed in that department, my blood is their chocolate fudge sundae.
Secondly, my husband Toby and I were planning a Christmas holiday trip to Thailand. After hearing about the spread of Zika over there, we cancelled our trip. Now we are looking to go somewhere safe because we would like to try for our number two early next year. I can’t imagine having to go through the heartache trying to conceive again only to then be in fear that I have come into contact with Zika. No thanks. The fear is real… and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. As a matter of fact, it just recently hit Orange County, where I’m from. Just one hour away from LA. (link). Let’s pray and hope they come up with a vaccine so that we don’t have to travel in fear for much longer.
My husband and I haven’t had a holiday together for years so were really excited to plan something this Christmas break – a whole 2 weeks. Over the past 4 years most of our savings have been spent on fertility treatment so it’s nice that we are having a break from IVF and can spend our hard earned cash on something fun. The stress of having treatment with no success for nearly 4 years now took its toll on our relationship so we really need this quality time together. It would be a miracle for us to get pregnant naturally but it would be extra devastating if we were unfortunate enough to contract Zika.
We were considering South America, Miami and even Mexico originally but they are all 100% out of the question now. We did lots of research on various spots including Iceland, London and Marrakech as i’m traveling there in October for weddings (all currently safe places) but overall Hawaii is the current leader – it’s a paradise we’ve always wanted to visit, is Zika free and with only a 5 hours flight from LA it feels like the dream place. Hopefully we will go with Cam and Toby too and she can show us around her second home in person.
Our hearts go out to all the babies and families effected by Zika and we hope that spreading awareness will help anyone trying to conceive or even on their baby moon stay safe and have a lovely time.
The March of Dimes has launched a new campaign #zapzika to build awareness. Their site is super insightful if you need more information.
For a live active map of territories being effected by Zika… click here
We bring to you… our FIRST EVER video chat…