Pregnant and Toxoplasmosis (?)

Updated on August 11, 2010
C.S. asks from Herriman, UT
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Hi Mama's. I am 9 weeks pregnant with my third. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time. A brief little history. A sweet little kitten came to our door step in Feb. after spending months trying to find out if she had a home and then trying to decide to keep her or not we found out she was pregnant. So not only was she not fixed she couldn't get her vaccinations until she was done nursing. All the while we didn't even think about anything. We were planning on getting pregnant in Sept but someone else had different plans. I was a in a little bit of shock but really excited. When I found out I was pregnant I started thinking about the things I had done before and changing the nasty litter box was on the top of my mind. I called the Dr. and they said the would test me for it at my first OB appointment and to try not to worry about it. My appointment was on Friday. I saw that sweet baby and his/her heartbeat and even saw movement. Amazing. They called yesterday with my test results and everything was normal. However, the Toxoplasmosis levels were on the higher end of normal. Anything below a 10 is considered "normal" I was at a 9.something.She said my Dr. may want to re-test me to double check. I was happy it was "normal" and hung up the phone. I got thinking about it and I'm worried. Is it "normal" to have high normal readings? I did some research on the internet and all that did was worry me more. I'm really trying not to think about it. My Dr. is out of the office today and I'll call tomorrow for some peace of mind from her. I realize that if I do have it that there isn't much I can do about it but pray and hope for the best outcome and that would be to not pass it on to the baby. But has anyone else out there had these test results or knows someone that's had it? Thanks for your help!

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Thank you so much for your kind responses! I spoke with my Dr. today and she reassured me there was nothing to worry about and that she probably wouldn't have me retested unless I wanted to be. She said with both of my results it doesn't seem as if I have ever had a previous infection and if I had an active infection now it would be much, much higher. The internet is such a wonderful thing and can be so frightening all at the same time. I appreciate all of your helpful advice, thanks again!

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answers from Denver on

This is nothing to worry about at this time, in my opinion. All this says is that you have a positive titer to Toxo. A positive titer means you either have been exposed to the parasite at some point in your life (could have been YEARS ago) or that you currently have an active infection (which is highly unlikely with a number of "9"). ONE titer means nothing with regard to infection, essentially. At least two titers need to be performed to determine an active infection. It is also important to note, Toxo takes 4-5 days to become infective within the cat's BM, outside the cat's body. So if you followed normal hygiene during the care of the litter box, your chances of acquiring the infection are diminished as well.

Best wishes.

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answers from Indianapolis on

First off, worrying tonight before you call the doctor in the morning does you absolutely no let it go.......alittle high is not great but it's better than being high!

So, just do what you need to do and don't worry, call the doctor in the morning and then if you need to worry you can, but I think everything is going to be just fine.....

Take care.

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answers from Provo on

I really would not be too concerned. I had two children and had two cats each time. I did some research on toxoplasmosis because my mother in law told me that I would have to get rid of the cats when I got pregnant. I found out that she was being overly dramatic. All that I needed to do was wear rubber gloves when I changed that cats' litter box. I always wore the longer rubber gloves that went to my elbows and washed my hands afterwards. The dr. said that was just great and we never ran a test on me.

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answers from Boise on


I wouldn't worry as easy as that is for me to say. Do call tomorrow and get piece of mind from your dr however. I had one of my tests come back high, of the quad testing, and it was on the high side of normal. I had to have a thoroughly detailed US done. They thought I had a battledore (sp) placenta. It has to do with the shape. Anyhow all along we thought this and took precautions. When I delived my daughter, it was a normal placenta. Nothing to explain the elevated #. My dr wasn't concerned. I also loked up the stuff online as only freaks you out, doesn't stop looking.
Just pray, you are on the right track, God will handle the rest.
Again, I know, easier said than done.
I know my test was a different test than yours, but it was a "high normal".
I hope that you are able to put it in the back of your mind and not stress out, that would be worse for the baby.
Good luck, God bless!

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answers from Phoenix on

My mom had a successful pregnancy at 42 once her levels became normal. When it was high was when things weren't good. The normal test is good even if it's high. They probably just want to keep an eye on things. Try not to worry. They'll retake the test and it will most likely be normal and even better than the first test. Continue to take your prenatals, and eat healthy. Congratulations!

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answers from State College on

I know it is not too uncommon to have toxo and many adults have had it and never know it, since their body fights it off naturally. It can be found in the soil too. If you have had the kitten since Feb, it is possible you were infected several months ago in which case I don't think it is much of an issue. Congrats on your pregnancy and on taking in a kitty and her kittens all in need of help. Good luck and hope you get good news from your doctor tomorrow.

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answers from Dallas on

The worst thing to do is worry about it right now. It would not be called within the range of normal if it was not. Some things to know to avoid contact with this in the future, the cat litter needs to be changed daily, ideally by someone other than you. It is contact from ones dirty hand to their mouth (omg, right?!) from the cat feces that has been sitting for more than 24 hours that is infectious.

Just call the doc tomorrow, everything is probably just fine!

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