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Your Pregnancy – Week 8


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Your baby’s first trimester development – week 8

Your baby’s facial features continue to take shape in week eight of your pregnancy. Your baby also has elbows, wrists and limbs which are now beginning to twitch involuntarily1.

Is it safe for me to keep my cat now that I’m pregnant?

Some cats, usually those that are ill or old, carry a parasite called toxoplasma which can cause a disease called toxoplasmosis in humans with a weakened immune system, including pregnant women1.

You can only get toxoplasmosis if you handle cat faeces that is three days old and from a cat carrying the toxoplasma parasite1. If your cat is healthy, you change the litter tray every one or two days, and wash your hands afterwards then there is no reason for you to give your cat away during your pregnancy.

Always wear gloves when gardening as cats in the area could have used your garden as a toilet1.

Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner

Author of Pregnancy Essentials

Reference:

1. Cooper, C., 2008. Pregnancy Essentials. London: Ryland Peters and Small.

 

10557 Revised November 2012

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