Mosquitoes Bite Pregnant Women More Frequently

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I hate mosquitoes. 

As in, I really, really hate them.

Imagine that little mosquito has a heat-seaking missile right to your pregnant body.

 They way they buzz in my ear, the way they swoop in at the last minute just when I think I've gotten rid of the last one, and the way they always make their presence known the second after they bite me. And then there's the fact that my angst towards mosquitoes has quadrupled since it seems my one-year-old son is apparently allergic to them–he swells up like nothing I've ever seen after each and every measly bite he gets. 

But one of the biggest reasons I hate mosquitoes is that they seem to love me. If I didn't know any better, I would say that in a crowd, they seek me out, as if my blood is tastier, my flesh just more appetizing. I can't escape them, no matter how much “Deep Woods Scented” bug spray I seem to apply.

I swore I was crazy in my relationship with the buzzingly annoying insects, until I read an article in The Smithsonian that revealed to me, once and for all, that I am officially not crazy. (At least when it comes to mosquitoes, that is.) The surprising truth is, mosquitoes do prefer some people over others. 

Scientists speculate that the mosquitoes' selective love has something to do with blood type and carbon dioxide emissions. For instance, sometimes mosquitoes are attracted to people who weigh more simply because they also breathe out more carbon dioxide. Simple enough. And as far as blood type, people who are type O blood types seem to attract mosquitoes more often than not. (Lucky us.) Mosquitoes are also more drawn to bacteria, lactic acid, sweat, and even clothing color. 

But the type of person that mosquitoes seem to particularly enjoy feasting upon? 

Pregnant women, of course.

Not only do pregnant women have an increased blood supply, making them extra appealing, but they also have two other major draws for the buzzing creature: 

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They emit extra carbon dioxide–about 21% more than the average person–and because of their internal furnace, their body temperature is 1.26 degrees warmer than their non-pregnant counterparts. 

Imagine that little mosquito has a heat-seaking missile right to your pregnant body. 

And considering that I've been pregnant more often in the past 5 years than not, I just know that those little mosquitoes seek me out as an easy target. 

At least I know I'm not crazy.

What do you think?

Mosquitoes Bite Pregnant Women More Frequently

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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9 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Even if unpregnant, mosquitoes do find their way on my skin!

  2. LIZ says:

    they are my worst nightmare

  3. gfeld says:

    oh, mosquitoes love me and I don’t love them back!

  4. Phammom says:

    Never had a problem with this 🙂

  5. Leila says:

    I haven’t been attacked my mosquitoes since I got pregnant. My fiancé and I will stand out on the porch sometimes at night and he gets eaten up by them. I haven’t had one bite that I can recall. *knock on wood*

  6. Katie Osborn says:

    I’ve been lucky this year and the bugs have been pretty light this year and soon it’ll be too cold for them anyway!

  7. Terra says:

    I guess I’m screwed!

  8. Amber22 says:

    I just went camping and even with using bug repellent, I have sooo many bug bites!!! It’s makes perfect sense.

  9. Dario says:

    I had to buy a bunch of repellents this summer..

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