Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy
Did you just find out you have toxoplasmosis? Find out how to treat the infection and how it can affect baby.
What can I do to prevent toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?
Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, make sure all your utensils are clean, and wash or peel fruits and veggies before eating them. Make sure you wash your hands throughout the day. And if you have a cat, don’t clean out her litter box yourself (it’s the perfect job for your partner) and keep her indoors so she doesn’t hunt rodents or birds that have the parasite. Also, wear gloves while you’re gardening -- the soil could contain the parasite from cats using it as a litter box.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have toxoplasmosis?
“My toxoplasmosis test came back positive, and I’m meeting with a specialist in a week to do a sonogram to find out if the baby is okay. I have no idea what to expect from this appointment. I read somewhere that sometimes the test gives a false positive. I’m kind of stressing.”
“I’ve tested positive for IgG and IgM antibodies. They’re doing an avidity test next, since I’m still in my first trimester. I’ve already started treatment.”
“I tested positive for it, but I always have and always will because I was infected before I got pregnant. I push for constant monitoring -- monthly ultrasounds and biweekly nonstress tests.”
Are there any other resources for toxoplasmosis?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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