The news about the Zika virus spreading in South America and even reaching us in our very own backyards has moved me in a very strong way.
Before loosing my Solomon, I always thought I was invincible. Turns out, I am sorry to have realized the reality that babies can and do indeed die, or in this case, be born with a terrible mental and physical condition such as microcephaly.
This horrible pandemic hits particularly close to home for me due to my experience of the deception of a failed pregnancy. From understanding the darkness of loosing a child, I can understand the worry of a mother pregnant in the heavily affected areas.
“In January, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a first-of-its-kind travel alert: American women of childbearing age, whether pregnant or not, were told to avoid countries where the Zika virus has been circulating. At the same time, women in countries that already have Zika outbreaks have been told to avoid getting pregnant.”
I wonder what the future of the Zika virus looks like for someone like me? Many women, whom have lost and not lost, have profound dreams of one day becoming mothers. Will long sleeve shirts and bug spray be enough to protect ourselves and her unborn children from a lifetime robbed by a stupid mosquito? How far will this Zika thing go? When will it be safe to birth without fear?
"It’s spreading really fast," said Scott Weaver, the director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. "I think [the Zika virus] is going to be knocking on the doorstep in places like Florida and Texas probably in the spring or summer."
Today I say a prayer for gestating mothers in South America and even here int he states and for the miracle’s that live inside of them. I also pray over the yet conceived baby and may he or she thrive in the womb when his time is perfect and right.
Lucas and I are traveling to Peru tomorrow for a few weeks to enjoy the wonderful outdoors and visit some of Peru's most majestic destinations. We wont, however, enjoy being “careless” as we have hoped we would be on a vacation like this.
The thing is, we are not indestructible. Pregnant or TTC, We should stay aware and informed.
Are any pregnant momma's concerned about the Zika virus rising right here in our homes?
Are any mommas going to hold off on TTC?
Let me know what you think!