Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy

Pregnancy gynecologist Munich

Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease that can be transmitted from a mother to her unborn child. It is caused by the pathogen “Toxoplasma gondii”. Infection can occur through contact with a cat (cat faeces) or through the consumption of raw meat (pork or beef tartar, ham, salami), undercooked meat or unwashed fruit, vegetables and salads.

In Germany about 45-50% of women of childbearing age have been infected with the Toxoplasma parasite with the infection going unnoticed and are therefore protected. If the disease is contracted for the first time during pregnancy, serious foetal malformations including brain damage and blindness can occur.

Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy Munich

By taking a blood sample at the start of the pregnancy, we can determine early on whether toxoplasmosis-specific antibodies (antigens) are already present. In the absence of an immune response, additional follow-up tests should be conducted throughout the pregnancy.

In the case of an infection, medicines (antibiotics) are available.