How Zambia Affects Pregnancy

For the most part, pregnancy is the same in America (or anywhere) as it is here in Zambia. I go to a doctor for prenatal care every month, they take ultrasounds every so often, I keep getting bigger, and all the ladies I see at church giggle and wink and are excited to see my expanding belly.

But every once in a while, I am reminded that being pregnant in Zambia is still a little different. At every doctor’s appointment, my doctor asks if I am sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net. And even though I am, and even though our windows are covered with screens, I still am prescribed a malaria-prevention medication to take 2-3 times during my pregnancy.

I almost decided that I wouldn’t bother taking it, because of the unknown risk to the baby. But then I looked down at my mosquito-bitten ankles and decided it might not be such a bad idea.

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One response to “How Zambia Affects Pregnancy

  1. oh itchy! sorry, sorry about your ankles, friendato! hopefully this malaria medication doesn’t give you wild dreams like Larium does, though. 🙂 I think we get plenty of them already from just being pregnant. 🙂

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