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  1. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Zika Virus Resource Guide FAMILY PLANNING AND PREGNANCY Should Zika affect my family planning decisions? For most people in New Hampshire, the risk of Zika is extremely small. However, if you or your sexual partner have traveled to a Zika-affected place within the past six months, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for Zika before beginning your pregnancy. In the meantime, it’s recommended that you use birth control, condoms, or abstain from sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) until the possible virus exposure has passed – up to six months after your exposure. I’m pregnant and I’m worried I might have Zika. If you or your sexual partners haven’ttravelled to a place with Zika, you probably don’t have Zika. If you or your sexual partners have been to a place with Zika in the last six months, talk to your health care provider about testing. Until then, use condoms or don’t have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). Other forms of birth control will not prevent sexual transmission of Zika. You can also check theCDC guide for pregnant women who traveled to an area with Zika. I don’t know how to find a healthcare provider. I’m worried about the cost of testing, birth control, etc. New Hampshire has many health clinics that give low-cost or free family planning and healthcare services. To find out how to reach the clinic near you, click here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/documents/familyclinics.pdf. You can also find them on a map by clicking here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/documents/fpclinics-2015.pdf. More information about New Hampshire’s Family Planning Program and community health agencies can be found here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/family.htm. My healthcare provider confirmed that I have Zika. What does this mean for my pregnancy? If you are pregnant and testing has confirmed that you have Zika, it’s very important that you follow up with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They will counsel you on your next steps, possible outcomes, and monitor the health of your baby. They may recommend ultrasounds every 3–4 weeks to assess fetal anatomy and growth. A positive test result for Zika does not mean that your baby will have birth defects. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause an abnormally small head and brain (microcephaly), and other severe brain or birth defects in some babies, so it is important to receive the appropriate care. Also, not all Zika-related birth defects are Family Planning and Pregnancy http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/zika NH DHHS

  2. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Zika Virus Resource Guide noticeable at birth so your baby should be monitored closely for any concerns after birth by his/her healthcare provider for the first two years of his or her life. National Zika Pregnancy Registry The CDC developed the US Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry to learn more about the effects of Zika virus infection (Zika) during pregnancy and about the growth and development of babies whose mothers had Zika while pregnant. New enrollment into the registry was discontinued as of March 2018, but follow up on already enrolled women and infants will continue. The CDC collects health information about Zika among pregnant women and babies across the United States for the Registry. The CDC, health departments, doctors and healthcare providers will further use the information from this registry to educate state and local health departments on how to help pregnant women, children, and families affected by Zika. To learn more about the pregnancy registry visit the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika/research/registry.html. More Resources From the CDC  For Pregnant Women: A Positive Zika Virus Test - What does it mean for me? What to know if your baby is born with Congenital Zika Syndrome More Information For more information about Zika during pregnancy, visit https://www.zikacareconnect.org/your- pregnancy Family Planning and Pregnancy http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/zika NH DHHS