Also known as:
Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy
Toxoplasmosis is a common infection found in birds, animals, and people.
For most people, it doesn't cause serious health problems. But for a pregnant woman’s growing baby, it can cause brain damage and vision loss. Still, the chance of a pregnant woman getting the infection and passing it on to her baby is low.
If you're pregnant or planning to have a baby and are worried that you may have toxoplasmosis, ask your doctor about getting tested. After you have had the infection, you can't get it again or pass it on to your baby. You're immune. Your body has learned how to fight it off. You don't have to worry about passing the infection to your baby.
But if you aren't immune, you'll want to take special care while you're pregnant. Avoid touching or eating anything that may be infected, such as infected meat and infected cat feces.