Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy: I'm worried

Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy: I'm worried

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"I would like to know how we learn that we suffer from toxoplasmosis when we are pregnant, I have two cats and I am a little worried." Stéphanie Hierso, answers Isabelle's question.

The response of Stéphanie Hierso, intern in medical biology at the Civil Hospitals of Lyon.

  • Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite present in the soil and intestines of certain animals. It is benign except during pregnancy because it is likely to cause malformations of the fetus. In the majority of cases, there is no sign, no discomfort. Very rarely, this disease is manifested by fever associated with fatigue and the presence of ganglia.
  • It is important to follow the prevention rules that your doctor has had to give you: delegate the cleaning of your cat's litter box, cook all types of meat properly, wash the vegetables and aromatic plants thoroughly.
  • The only way to know if you have been contaminated is to take a blood test and perform a toxoplasmic serology. It must be done as early as possible during pregnancy and every month until delivery, if the first result is negative.

The mothers' point of view

  • "Since I am not immune to toxoplasmosis, my doctor has prescribed a blood test every month to find out if I am infected or not, and he recommended me to eat well-washed meat and vegetables. So far the results are negative - I'm not sure if I have it - not being immune does not mean that I will be automatically contaminated. " Clear
  • "Although I have been in contact with cats since I was 6 years old, I am not immune Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I am no longer busy with litter and I avoid contact with my animals. in restaurants and other red meats, the hardest part is taking blood every month, I'm waiting for the result with some concern, but for now, everything is fine. " Married

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