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.

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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