Talk to your health professional
during your first prenatal exam if you are concerned about your risk factors
toxoplasmosis during pregnancy. Together, you can
decide about whether to have a toxoplasmosis screening.
health professional if you are pregnant and develop swollen glands, fever, sore
throat, or other flu-like symptoms.
Most health professionals in the United States take
a wait-and-see approach during a pregnancy because fetal toxoplasmosis is not
common. Toxoplasmosis screening is performed when the health professional
thinks that the fetus or newborn may be affected. In countries where
toxoplasmosis is more common, experts say that early testing and treatment are
key to preventing severe fetal consequences.
If you are pregnant
or are trying to become pregnant and think you have been exposed to
Toxoplasma gondii, discuss testing with your health
professional. For more information, see the Exams and Tests section of this
Who To See
family medicine doctor, or
certified nurse-midwife can test you for toxoplasmosis
immunity. But your health professional must have access to a reference
laboratory that can produce dependable test results.
If you are
diagnosed with toxoplasmosis infection while pregnant, a
infectious disease specialist can provide treatment to
prevent or reduce fetal infection.
If your newborn became infected
during your pregnancy (congenital toxoplasmosis), a doctor specializing in
newborn care (neonatologist) or an infectious disease specialist can
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
This answer should not be considered medical advice...This answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.
Thanks for your feedback.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
© 1995-2011 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.