Fears that the Zika virus may harm her future baby has television presenter Samantha Armytage reconsidering her plans to head to the Rio Olympic games in August with her Sunrise colleagues.
Sam confirmed her thoughts about Zika on Instagram yesterday in response to an article by The Daily Telegraph.
“I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life,” she writes on Instagram.
“But if I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable.
“All doctors admit, they simply don’t know enough about Zika yet.
“I consider myself to be very brave in the field (I hang from helicopters/jump from NZ canyons….) but I would NEVER put a (possible future) child of mine, at any risk.”
The Zika virus is rampant in Brazil and can cause brain damage and severe birth defects in babies. Female athletes and Olympic tourists who are pregnant or intend on falling pregnant have already been warned to stay home.
Me & the Rio Olympics; (😂😂 there’s a headline I never thought I’d write!) I’m just confirming today’s article that I am deciding whether or not I go with the @sunriseon7 team to Rio in August. I haven’t actually made a decision yet, but, as leaking to newspapers should be an Olympic sport for some, it’s out there prematurely! Like many female journos of a certain age contemplating Rio, Zika is a huge worry for me. And it’s not like I’m running the 100 metres or even hosting the opening ceremony…. @sunriseon7 would simply be at Copacabana Beach the week BEFORE the Olympics start. By August 5, we’d be at home in our own beds! I have offered to spend that week hosting the rest of the day’s news from our Sydney studio. And my bosses at 7 deserve a gold medal for being supportive of me. I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life… But if I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable. All doctors admit, they simply don’t know enough about Zika yet. I consider myself to be very brave in the field (I hang from helicopters/jump from NZ canyons….) but I would NEVER put a (possible future) child of mine, at any risk. I love sharing my personal fears with you all (NOT!!!! Bloody hell 😂😂😂) …. but sometimes it’s better to put things on the record than to have people chatting. Now I’m going out to lunch! Happy Sunday to you all, Sam xxx 😘🌴👶🏻😂🙋
Samantha says, while she does not have a partner now, she hopes to one day become a mother.
“I am 39, but I hopefully would love to meet someone and have a baby in the next few years. If I did, I would have to get cracking,” she tells The Daily Telegraph.
The Australia Government’s Smartraveller website warns women who are pregnant or trying to conceive to avoid Brazil due to the mosquito-borne virus.
“Recent outbreaks in Brazil and French Polynesia have raised concerns that there is a possible association between infection with Zika virus in pregnant women and certain birth defects (including microcephaly, a severe birth defect in newborn babies),” Smartraveller warns.
“The causal link is not yet scientifically proven.
“Until more is known about Zika virus, and taking a very cautious approach, we advise women who are pregnant (in any trimester) or those who are actively seeking to get pregnant to consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.”
If you are considering travelling to areas where the Zika virus has been found, it is worth taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites and staying up-to-date on warnings.
To find out more about the devastating consequences of the Zika virus, take a look at our post about the young Brazil mums raising their Zika babies.
(via The Daily Telegraph)