farming mamas - are you worried about toxoplasmosis?
All I know is about the chickens. We got baby chicks a few weeks ago. The woman we got them from told us to keep them on medicated feed until we put them outside (it has antibiotics in it). That they can get some disease that begins with a "c" that is NOT good for pregnant women to be exposed to. That said, you have a lot more contact with baby chicks than big chickens that are outside. From what I have read, many women have cleaned out the chicken coop, etc while pregnant and been fine. But it can't hurt to wear gloves while you do all of this and wash well afterwards.
This will be my 2nd baby on the farm. Honestly, it's just not something I've worried about. I did have my dh dump out a container of potting soil that the cat pooped in, since I'd be really handling it a lot while seed starting, but that's about it. I will say that I always wear a face mask when cleaning the chicken coop because it is so ridiculously dusty, but I may just bow out this time altogether. I won't probably worry about normal daily chores & interaction with the animals, though. I'm guessing you wash well when you come in anyway, right? Hope that helps some!
Yes, we wash hands before and after handling animals, and I wash between animals here at my place.
I can' t find much information online, except one website said to avoid direct contact with sheep... but not any other animals. We need to shear the sheep in the next few weeks here, so, um, that's clearly going to involve some direct contact. Hmmm.
I don't farm now, but I have in the past, and really beyond basic cleanliness, I didn't give it a lot of thought. We don't wear chore-boots inside the house, and we all wash or hands well when we come in. While I was pregnant i was still changing the chick brooder bedding out and handling the chicks while i waited for them to feather out enough to be with the rest and I routinely change the litter box.
My life can't stop because I'm pregnant, and the litter box needs to be scooped every day. :)
I didn't find a lot of info on Coccidosis myself but it was the lady we got them from who brought it up on her own, not even knowing I was pregnant. So I figure better safe than sorry. Though I'm sure it's fine if you wash your hands. We do plan to stop the medicated feed as soon as they go outside.
My husband and his brothers grew up on a farm and his mom was the one who tended to the animals on a daily basis. I'm sure that was the case while she was pregnant with all 3 of them. They're all fine.