(Closed) Pregnant Bees with cats… Did you get toxoplasmosis testing?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

im in the UK too my midwife just told me to not go near cat litter but Kodi is an outdoor cat anyway. I have alwaya had cats so am not concerned. i just wash all veggies before eating. My cat sleeps next to me every night and always has im pretty sure i would have been exposed in the past anyway so can fight it off if i got it

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mother contracted toxoplasmosis while she was pregnant and my brother was born with severe disabilities. He is very visually impaired (one eye totally blind, the other eye very low vision), and had some brain damage (some cognitive impairments). He is now 26.  She contracted it by working in the woods behind her house (I think shoveling, etc.). If your cats are indoor/outdoor I would be extremely careful. It’s rare, but it can happen. My mom didn’t know anything about toxoplasmosis before she contracted it. Don’t go near the litter!

And sorry I don’t mean to scare you by this post, I just wanted to offer a different perspective from the Bees that say “The risk is very low, don’t worry about it.” The risk IS low, but it is a horrible thing and can affect you for a lifetime. 

Post # 19
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

soil, cat litter etc can harbour the bacteria and yes there is a risk. Hey even giving birth is a risk and if we dwell on every little thing in pregnancy and worry about every little thing you would be misserable for the whole 9 months.

There will always be somebody who has gone through it or knows someone who has but i trust what my midwife told me and will take the precautions she told me. If you have been bought up with cats the general word is that you will likely have been exposed in the past and carry the antibodies to fight off future infection. This isnt always the case however.

Take the nessessary precautions but dont live in bubble wrap for 9 months

 

IMO

Post # 20
Bee
6468 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I have two indoor cats, so our risk is low – but what people don’t know about toxo is that you can get it from gardening, eating produce that hasn’t been washed, and undercooked meats – cats are just the carriers, but there are other ways to contract it too.

I asked my OB about it, and he believes that being safe with litter & being thorough with cooking food and washing hands, is often enough to combat the spread.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

I have two indoor-only cats, and I have grown up constantly having at least 2 cats (sometimes up to 16!) indoor and outdoor alike, so my guesses are I’ve already gotten it at some point. I’m not testing, though (unless my doc wants me to), and my hubby is on litter duty for my pregnancy.

Post # 22
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6354 posts
Bee Keeper

I find this a very confusing issue. They say up to 1/3 of people have it and that it causes problems during pregnancy (among some other strange things). Do 1/3 of people have problems during pregnancy? Or does it only cause problems if you get it during, rather than already have it?

I also heard that most cases are from eating undercooked meat, drinking impure water or from gardening and accidentally touching feces, not cat ownership. The rate in vets is supposed to be pretty low. Is that wrong?

For such a common disease with such important effects, why do we seem to know so little about it? (at least in the US… sounds like they know more about it in France).

I want to figure out these answers before I TTC.

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