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Pets and Gardening when Pregnant

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Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that can be caught by handling cat litter (from an infected cat), gardening, eating unwashed vegetables, or drinking contaminated water. Whilst getting this infection normally is not a big deal, getting it whilst pregnant can have some devastating effects on your unborn baby, even causing stillbirth in some severe cases

It is not too difficult to avoid contracting Toxoplamosis.

  • If you have a cat, get someone else to empty its litter tray daily.
  • Do not let the cat near any food or dining areas.
  • Wash your hands after playing with the cat.
  • If you have children, you should try to avoid playing in sand pits that could have infected cat faeces in them.  You should note that it is is not a big deal for a child to catch the disease and he cannot pass it to you.
  • Make sure you wash all your fruit and vegetables thoroughly.
  • Do not eat unpasteurised cheeses or milk.
  • Take normal sensible precautions when preparing food.  Cook meat thoroughly and keep your kitchen clean.
  • Wear gloves whilst gardening and make sure you wash your hands well afterwards.

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