University of Alabama

Zika, pregnancy and microcephaly: What you need to know

As concerns about the Zika virus rise among women of childbearing age in the United States, Joseph Biggio, M.D., director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, wants those who are pregnant or trying to conceive to take precautions.

Risks and recommendations

The greatest risk for Zika is in the first trimester of pregnancy. Women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should avoid exposure to the virus by limiting travel to areas where Zika is being transmitted. There is not definitive proof of how Zika is transmitted from mother to fetus, but it is...