Gardening and pregnancy: how safe is it?

Can’t a pregnant woman plant a stupid geranium without someone jumping out of the bushes to tut tut her?!

This one was a surprise to me until I stumbled across it looking for litter box cleaning information. It’s yet another degree removed from the cat box blurb.

Cat eats something infected with toxoplasmosis, cat gets infected, cat poos in your garden, you plant a marigold and touch the poo, you put your dirty hands in your mouth and ingest the poo, you get toxoplasmosis, you pass it along to your baby and your baby gets brain damage or something equally horrible.

I dunno, I think this one is up there with “don’t walk out the front door while pregnant because a tree limb could fall on your head”. I’m sure it happens but is it really way up there on the no-nos? I would think getting all the way down to plant the flowers would be the bigger challenge while pregnant but, what do I know.

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  • My sister actually was born with toxoplasmosis. The parasite can be airborne in some cases (think: tearing out walls to remodel a house). My mom is thought to have inhaled the parasite during house remodeling (she was just present, not actually ripping out walls) and my sister was born with vision problems that classify her as legally blind. Depending on the stage of pregnancy, it can cause the infant to be born with mental retardation or other things, also. Definitely not something that is usually going to happen, but can! P.S. I ended up here because I loved your post about newborns. Well done! 🙂

  • Toxoplasma gondii parasites in the cat poop primarily cause hearing loss in the baby. (my source is an audiology class I took in graduate school) that is why i've heard you are not supposed to change a litter box pregnant. but the garden…mmmmm….i suppose accidentally ingesting contaminated soil…i guess better safe than sorry? (i hate when people say that)

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