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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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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How to Deal With a Dental Infection During Pregnancy

Are vaccinations okay while pregnant?

What medications are safe to use while pregnant?

-- Sarah Yang

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