When I was pregnant with my DS I did tons of research on toxoplasmosis and the risks involving scooping a litterbox during pregnancy because I have two cats, and worked cleaning cat cages in an animal shelter. (no avoiding poop there!)
Anyway, I wanted to tell people this: The eggs found in cat feces that cause toxoplasmosis hatch or whatever 24 hours after shedding. As long as you clean your litter box once a day you're fairly safe. For those with doubts, wear a dust-mask to keep the litter dust from your face and gloves to protect your hands. Wash your hands regularly anyway.
Also, if your cat has been an indoor cat for the year leading up to your pregnancy, you're safe because the cat can't have been exposed to it. Ask your doctor for a titer to test for anti-bodies to it, and he or she will be able to tell whether or not you've been exposed. (continued)
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