Pregnancy Attracts Mosquitoes
Are you the only one covered in mosquito bites? Did mosquitoes only find you after you became pregnant? What is the freaking deal!? Why isn’t everyone covered in those swollen, itchy little bites? Well, only 1/10th of the population is truly attractive to the flying disease mongrels. They are a nuisance, and every year, come spring and summer, they hatch their new eggs and come after our blood. Yes, I am one of the ones they like, especially while pregnant!
Did you know that they aren’t sucking our blood for food? Nope. Only female mosquitoes bite us, and it is because they need our protein to develop fertile eggs to lay. How appropriate that my pregnant blood is what helps those blood suckers reproduce.
While genetics play a huge role in who gets bit, there are other ways mosquitoes are attracted to us:
Type O Blood: Yes, Type O Blood is sweeter than the rest! (With Type A being the least sweet) 85% of the population secretes a smell that tells mosquitos what blood type they are!
High Output of CO2: The larger you are, the more Carbon Dioxide you breathe out. It seems that the mosquitoes come swarming, as they can sense CO2 from 50 meters away!
Sweat: Not just any, every day sweat though. We are talking about exercise sweat that was triggered by lactic acid. Although, an increase in body temperature is also tempting to a mosquito. Alcohol: Drinking causes the body temperature to rise, which may call to the mosquitoes to come bite.
Dark Clothing: Red, black, and dark blue attract mosquitos while light colors leave them unphased.
PREGNANCY: When pregnant, we breathe out a higher amount of CO2 (21% more than normal actually) and this calls the mosquitoes to us. We are twice as likely to be bit than a non-pregnant woman. That’s right mamas, those of us rocking a bump all summer long are just eye candy to those flying blood suckers. But what can we do? I certainly do not want to cover my skin (the most porous organ of the body) in Deet – a known carcinogen – or other crap chemical… especially while I am growing a tiny life!
We are in luck! Well, maybe. The jury is out on the effectiveness of natural repellants, but for a lot of people, they work! I’ve stocked up on one from our local natural food store, but here are some great options (According to Healthline):
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
- Cinnamon Oil
- Thyme Oil
- Greek Catnip Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Neem Oil