Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Miscarriage Due To ToxoplasmosisMy elderly cat died before I was pregnant with my daughter.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
However, if you're pregnant and have a cat, cleaning the litter box is something you shouldn't do due to an organism which can be transmitted and has the potential to cross the placenta. Read more:
Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy(marvistavet.com)
From the site:
Toxoplasmosis is the disease syndrome caused by a protozoan organism called Toxoplasma gondii. It affects most animals (most notably sheep, cats, and humans.), but even insects, fish, and earthworms may be carriers. Because of the risk to an unborn child, many medical doctors go so far as to recommend that pregnant women do not keep cats as pets.
WHAT IS THE RISK TO AN UNBORN CHILD?
A human with an acute Toxoplasma infection experiences varying degrees of illness: fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle stiffness, joint pain, swollen liver, and spleen (manifested as a sore upper abdomen). These symptoms may be so mild as to go unnoticed. Illness lasts 1-12 weeks and is often dismissed as a bad cold or mononucleosis.
However, if the person infected is a pregnant woman, the Toxoplasma organism may cross the placenta. The amount of damage done depends on the stage of pregnancy at the time of infection. Infection in early pregnancy may result in miscarriage or stillbirth. Infection in early pregnancy may result in a child with varying degrees of blindness (due to inflamed retina) and/or various severe neurological conditions including hydrocephalus, microcephaly, and retardation. Sometimes problems are not evident at birth and show up late in life.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
All of my miscarriages were in the first trimester - so I can't claim to even begin to understand the heartbreak and devastation women go through when their near full-term baby dies. Here is an article from the American Pregnancy Assn. about what to expect with a stillbirth and surviving emotionally:
American Pregnancy Assn.
From the article:
Saying Hello, Goodbye, and Making Memories:
After the tests are completed, you will have the usually have the choice to spend time alone with your baby. You can find comfort in looking at, touching, and talking to your baby. Most parents find it helpful to make memories of this precious time that will last a lifetime. Here are a few ways you can make memories with your baby:
You can give your baby a bath and dress them in a special outfit. Before leaving the hospital you can take the booty or hat to have as a keepsake.
You can take pictures of your baby.
The hospital staff can give you handprints and or footprints.
You may want to take a lock of your baby’s hair.
It may seem odd at first but you can read a story or sing a lullaby to your baby.
If you would like, the nurse can record your baby’s measurements.
You probably have also named your baby by now. Be sure to tell the hospital staff as soon as possible so all documents can have your baby’s name listed.
You can have your baby christened or blessed while in the hospital.
A baptism certificate will also be given to you to keep.
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