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Aninditta Kumar
February 10, 2015

Is it dangerous to do gardening and play with cats during pregnancy?

Why has my doctor told me to stay away from my cat, and avoid gardening during pregnancy?

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  • Ms. Nutan Pandit  / February 10, 2015
    Answered by Ms. Nutan Pandit

    Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can be acquired frol soil, cat faeces and raw meat. it is an infection present in birds and animals. It is also common dormant infection in humans, more so in hot and humid climates. If a woman is infected be...  more

    Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can be acquired frol soil, cat faeces and raw meat. it is an infection present in birds and animals. It is also common dormant infection in humans, more so in hot and humid climates. If a woman is infected before she becomes pregnant, her baby will not be threatened by it.


    To prevent herself from getting infected, a woman can follow some simple guidelines. She should eat only well-cooked meat and eggs and drink only pasteurised or boiled milk. Avoid handling raw meat. When handling raw meat, the hands should be washed immediately and kitchen surfaces and vessels washed well, thereafter. Do  not touch the mouth or eyes when handling raw meat. Wash fruits and vegetables before consumption. Protect food from flies and cockroaches. When gardening or handling faeces of animals, use gloves.


    The woman who catches this infection in pregnancy has a fifty percent chance of passing it to the baby. If the infection is identified and treated with antibiotics, ...    less

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