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What are the risks of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most common parasites on the globe. The most common ways to become infected are through eating undercooked contaminated meat, coming into touch with infected cat feces, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy.

What are the toxoplasmosis symptoms?


It usually has no symptoms, and most people aren’t aware they have it.

Some people, however, have flu-like symptoms, such as being in a hot environment (fever)

muscles that are in pain

tiredness

being unwell

inflammation of the throat

Bulging glands


When it comes to toxoplasma, why is it so deadly during pregnancy?


If you become infected before becoming pregnant, the microorganism will be active in your body for a period of days to weeks, giving your immune system time to respond. Once you’ve developed immunity, you’ll have it for the rest of your life. This means that if you had the infection before becoming pregnant, your unborn child will be safe.

However, if you contract toxoplasma for the first time while pregnant or shortly before becoming pregnant, you won’t have enough time to develop a full immunity. This indicates there’s a chance the infection can complicate the pregnancy and cause health issues in the kid after birth.

Miscarriage risk and health issues:These are the risks of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy:

If you have toxoplasmosis early in your pregnancy, you’re more likely to have a miscarriage. The virus seldom passes to the baby during early pregnancy, but it can cause major health concerns if it does.

The virus is more likely to transmit to the baby later in pregnancy. Consider the following scenario:

If you get sick during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, your baby has a one-in-twenty chance of being sick as well.

The higher the danger, the closer you are to giving delivery. If you become infected near the time of birth, your baby has an 80% risk of becoming infected as well.

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