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Pregnant Meghan Markle Talks to Doctors About Zika Virus

Newly Pregnant Meghan Markle Inquired About the Zika Virus Before Travelling With Prince Harry

PEACEHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03:  (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.)  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

There's another royal baby on the way! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are expecting their first child together right as they embarked on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Tonga. But like many pregnant women, or women trying to get pregnant, Meghan reportedly did thorough research about the safety of travelling during the early stages of her pregnancy. According to People, "the royal couple has reportedly sought medical advice about the [Zika] virus, which can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly."

While Zika has been detected in both Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga (which currently has a level two alert), experts have issued plenty of ways for pregnant women to prevent being infected. "The advice would be to wear a repellent which contains an active ingredient and wear that repellent all day and all evening," the Head of the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told People. "You have to put the repellent on like a hand cream. You have to really rub it in. If you squirt it on like a perfume, that won't do anything because the mosquito will find a bit that's not covered. A spray or a lotion is fine but really rub it in and reapply it often. There are four active ingredients, one of the main ones is DEET and it's safe to use that during pregnancy." He also suggested wearing baggy clothes, long sleeves, and light-coloured clothing.

According to a Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail, the couple has not made any changes to their travel schedule, and though Meghan may choose to sit out some previously scheduled activities, they will be enjoying this 16-day tour together as planned.

Read further about everything you should know about pregnancy and the Zika virus, and check out all the signs that prove Meghan is going to be an incredible mother.

Image Source: Getty / Chris Jackson
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