Amniocentesis. In this procedure, which may be done safely after 15 weeks of pregnancy, your doctor uses a fine needle to remove a small amount of fluid from the fluid-filled sac that surrounds the fetus (amniotic sac). Tests are then performed on the fluid to check for evidence of toxoplasmosis.
How do they test for toxoplasmosis when pregnant?
Amniocentesis. Your doctor can perform an amniocentesis after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. They’ll use a very fine needle to remove a small amount of fluid from the amniotic sac, which is the sac that surrounds your baby. A laboratory will then test the fluid for signs of toxoplasmosis.
How common is it to get toxoplasmosis while pregnant?
Around 65% to 85% of people who are pregnant in the United States have a chance of getting toxoplasmosis.
Can toxoplasmosis be detected before birth?
A blood test before or during pregnancy can determine if you have been exposed to the toxoplasma gondii parasite. If you are infected, another type of test can determine whether your baby is infected. In addition, fetal ultrasounds can determine if your baby’s organs are damaged.
How much does toxoplasmosis test cost?
The test is also inexpensive. It costs $4 to $5 per test. Pregnant women at risk should be tested eight to 10 times — once a month during pregnancy, beginning in the 12th week, then once more four to six weeks after delivery. Total cost for repeated tests is about $40 to $50.
Do doctors test for toxoplasmosis?
To find out if you have toxoplasmosis, your doctor can do a blood test to see if you have those antibodies. If you’ve been infected recently, your body may not have had time to make them. So even if your test doesn’t show any signs of them, your doctor may want to do another test a few weeks later to be sure.
Has anyone had a baby born with toxoplasmosis?
Each year, between 800 and 4,400 babies in the United States are born with toxoplasmosis. If you think you had toxoplasmosis during pregnancy, be sure your baby is tested.
Can I ask my midwife for a toxoplasmosis test?
Women are not routinely offered a test for toxoplasmosis as part of their antenatal care. But if you are worried, you can ask your midwife or GP for a blood test to check for the infection at any time during pregnancy.
How do you know if you’ve had toxoplasmosis?
Symptoms of the infection vary. Most people who become infected with Toxoplasma gondii are not aware of it because they have no symptoms at all. Some people who have toxoplasmosis may feel as if they have the “flu” with swollen lymph glands or muscle aches and pains that may last for a month or more.