Pregnant Women Accidentally Stepping On Cat Poop?
Good morning doctor, I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant, yesterday I accidentally stepped on cat droppings (stray cats that always come home) whether it affects my womb, please enlighten me, my doctor is afraid of having an effect on the fetus I am carrying. Thanks in advance 😁
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Cat feces are at risk of containing a variety of disease-causing microorganisms, one of which is the Toxoplasma gondii parasite which has the potential to cause toxoplasmosis. This disease is a nightmare for pregnant women. Therefore, this parasitic infection during pregnancy (especially in the early trimester of pregnancy) risks causing the mother to miscarry (if the gestational age is less than 20 weeks), preterm labor, until the fetal death in the womb. Even if the fetus survives until it is born, then he is also more at risk of developing jaundice, chorionitis, enlarged liver and spleen, skin rashes, seizures, hydrocephalus, microcephalus, hearing loss, mental retardation, anemia, and so on.
However, transmission of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis is not solely caused by direct contact with cat feces. However, if the cat's stool enters your digestive tract, for example through hands, food, or drinks that are contaminated with faeces, then you are at risk of contracting it. Otherwise, transmission will not occur.
Not only toxoplasmosis, various other diseases are also potentially transmitted if you are in contact with cat feces, such as ringworm, scabies, or other skin infections. If you are sensitive, you can also experience allergic reactions after contact with cat feces.
The exact steps you need to take right now are:
Wash with antiseptic soap on your feet that has completely stomped on cat feces
Also wash your hands and clean other items that are at risk of cat feces contamination
If possible, ask for help from others to do the 2 steps above so that the risk of your hands being contaminated with cat feces can be minimized
Prevent the stray cat from re-entering your area of residence
Routinely check your pregnancy to the obstetrician so that the condition of the fetus in your uterus is monitored properly
Hope this helps ...