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Can Pregnant Women Use DEET?

by Morgan Wilson | May 16, 2016
With summer approaching amid the ongoing spread of Zika virus in some parts of the world, it is critical that pregnant women in particular know how to protect themselves and their babies from mosquito-borne illnesses.

With summer approaching amid the ongoing spread of Zika virus in some parts of the world, it is critical that pregnant women in particular know how to protect themselves and their babies from mosquito-borne illnesses. DEET, the primary agent in most insect repellants, is the most effective prevention against mosquito and tick bites, and studies generally suggest that it does not greatly increase the risk for birth defects. However, it is important to consider both the pros and cons of using this substance and to consult your health care provider. To learn more about the considerations involving DEET and pregnancy, see this MotherToBaby Fact Sheet at http://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/deet-nn-ethyl-m-toluamide-pregnancy/pdf/

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