The CDC recommends precautions for women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy.
- Consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with Zika(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html) if you are thinking about having a baby in the near future.
- If you must travel, take steps to plan for travel(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/plan-for-travel.html).
- If your partner travels to an area with Zika, protect yourself from getting Zika during sex(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/protect-yourself-during-sex.html).
What to do if you travel to an area with Zika
If you are not pregnant, but you are thinking about having a baby, here’s what you can do:
- Take steps to prevent mosquito bites(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html).
- Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/protect-yourself-during-sex.html).
Talk with your doctor
Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy should talk with your doctor about:
- Your plans for having children(https://www.cdc.gov/preconception/planning.html)
- The potential risk of getting Zika during pregnancy
- Your partner’s potential exposures to Zika
Decisions about pregnancy planning are personal and complex. The circumstances for each woman and her partner will vary. However, possible Zika exposure via recent travel or sex without a condom with a partner infected or potentially infected with Zika should strongly consider the following timeline to wait to get pregnant:
- Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start OR from last possible exposure.
- Wait at least 6 months after symptoms start OR from last possible exposure.