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Her mother, Yalieth Gonzalez, 22, says despite all her worries, so far Micaela’s development appears normal. “She’s very active, she’s up on her own now, she’s crawling,” Gonzales says. “She’s saying, ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ already. She’s a very happy baby. She has a lot of energy.” But Gonzalez is on alert for signs of trouble.

Gonzalez doesn’t know how she got Zika, which is spread by mosquitos. She was just three months pregnant when she had symptoms and went to the hospital. Doctors monitored her baby’s development with regular ultrasounds and warned her about the possibility of birth defects.

The worst part of her pregnancy was her delivery. Gonzalez says she was in labor for 22 long, agonizing hours and she spent that time worrying. “‘What would I do if she was born with health problems?’ I thought. I was young. What would my life be like? I wanted to see her, but at the same time, I was scared, scared of how I would feel if she was born with medical problems.”

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