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Is It Safe To Use Insect Repellent When Pregnant?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Mamta Sahu (MBBS, DGO (OB/GYN))

April 29, 2022 Written by Rebecca Malachi , BSc

Insects and bugs are a natural part of our environment, so it’s not possible to stay away from them. While some insects are harmless, others can be dangerous and should be avoided with insect repellents. However, you may be confused if you should use insect repellent when pregnant since some of the components in the repellents may harm you or your baby. So, we have answered your questions and included more information about insect repellents to help you out.

What Are Insect Repellents?

Insect repellents are sprays, oils or lotions that, when applied to skin, clothes or bed nets, prevent the insects from biting (1). They reduce the likeliness of bites from mosquitoes, spiders, flies or ticks, and thereby lower the chances of serious diseases such as malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus or Lyme disease caused by these insects. Since these illnesses are very harmful to you and your baby, it is essential to use insect repellents to prevents the bites.

Is It Safe To Use Insect Repellent When Pregnant?

Yes, insect repellents are considered safe during pregnancy when you use them as recommended. Most insect repellents contain an active chemical, DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), which is an effective insecticide and safe to use in limited quantities (recommended concentration of DEET is 35% – 50%) (2).

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