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Best Pregnancy Safe Mosquito Repellents of 2023

Written by Katelyn Holt

Sometimes the biggest threats come in the smallest packages.

It can be a challenge to find a good mosquito repellent to use during pregnancy. You want to protect yourself and your baby from bug bites, which are not only annoying but can carry dangerous diseases. However, you may be concerned about potentially harmful ingredients.

We’ve evaluated many modern studies to learn more about insect repellents and how they affect your pregnant body and unborn baby. We’ve compared dozens of products, trying to find the best options to suit all scenarios.

This guide will help answer all your questions and includes our top five picks for the best mosquito repellents for pregnancy — products we feel comfortable using during our own pregnancies.

Let’s look at the safety of using repellents when you’re pregnant and why you might want to consider adding one to your arsenal. Explore them here.


April 28, 2023

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A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

Rachel Schultz
Editorial Director


Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.



And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.

Samson McDougall