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Friday, August 1, 2008

Ultrasound Scan 7 Weeks

Two days ago, Bee Bee and I went to one of our local vegetarian hospital ( Adventist Hospital Penang) for an ultrasound scan around her fetus area for pregnancy test. We bought a test kit few days before that and we just wanna be sure. Finally, Bee Bee is pregnant! And I am going to be a father soon. This is so exciting and the photo above is the result of the scan. The red circle area is our little baby around 7 weeks according the doc. The gynecologist told us is still early to see the actual form of baby and we have to go back to the hospital another 2 weeks time. Bee Bee was given some folic acid supplement in tablet form.

Apart from that, the doc told us about how cats' poop could harm to pregnant mothers. It is because they step in and out the potty tray and they might sit all over your seat, bead and couch, this will transmit the germs and bacteria to pregnant mothers. Mmm....does this make any sense I wonder.

10 comments:

Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

Congrat!
Cat poop, I think with anything, just try to do more cleaning :P

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

^_^ Yen

carieelena said...

First of all....Congratulations! That is such exciting news! Very happy for both of you!!

Yes, there are issues with kitty litter and pregnancy. There are many articles you can find online if you just google "kitty litter and pregnancy." In general, it doesn't mean you can't have cats while pregnant! Millions of people who have cats have children, obviously. ;) It just means you have to take more special care with certain things. The issue has more to do with outdoor cats, too. Here is an excerpt from one health article:

If all this sounds serious, it is. But it doesn't mean you need to put your cat up for adoption when you get pregnant. Keep in mind that even if you've been infected with the parasite in the past, it only remains active for about six to nine months. Cats are only infectious for a limited time, too -- a cat will pass on the parasite for about three weeks after being infected.

Besides, handling the cat box isn't the only way you can get toxoplasmosis -- you can also get it by eating or handling undercooked meat or digging in a garden or sandbox where an infected cat has left feces. The parasite can also be found in unpasteurized milk, insects and water that have been in contact with infected feces, and unwashed fruits and vegetables that have come from infected soil.

Although toxoplasmosis can cause serious problems in babies, it can be easily avoided by following some simple precautions:

•Let someone else change the cat's litter box if you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If that's not possible, wear disposable gloves to change it, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.
•Change the litter every day -- the parasite doesn't become infectious until at least 24 hours after it lands in the litter box.
•Never give your cat raw or undercooked meat.
•Avoid handling stray cats or kittens (kittens are more susceptible to the parasite).
•Keep your cat inside if possible, so it won't be likely to dine on birds and rodents.
•Avoid sandboxes -- cats often use them as litter boxes.
•Wear gloves when you garden, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
•Wash your hands with soap and water after touching dirt, sand, raw meat, or unwashed vegetables.
•Wash cutting boards with hot, soapy water after every use.
•Wash or peel uncooked fruits and vegetables before eating them.
•Rid your house of cockroaches and flies as much as possible -- they can carry infected soil or feces.
•Make sure the meat you eat is thoroughly cooked. It should have an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and juices should run clear, not pink. (Freezing meat for several days before cooking it can also help prevent infection.) This is important because toxoplasmosis can also be transmitted directly to a person from undercooked meat that contains the parasite.
•Never drink untreated water. Be particularly careful about drinking tap water if you travel to countries that don't have safe water systems.
With care, expecting moms can easily avoid the disease -- and keep the cat around to welcome the new baby.

Crinnyann said...

That's awesome! Congratulations to you and Bee Bee!

Angela said...

CONGRATULATIONS THOMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am sooooooooo happy for you my dear friend!!!!!!! Give my love to Bee Bee!!!

Zhuria said...

Oh my gosh! Huge, huge congratulations to the both of you! I'm so happy for you :)

behcw said...

congrats bro. Welcome to fatherhood

Anonymous said...

yes cat poop can be fatally to pregnancy's. when my grandma was pregnant with my mom she worked for a lady who had a cat. the "fumes" from the poop got into my grandmas lungs and it affected my moms brain and eyes. she's blind on the right side and has some disabled.

oregano said...

A very sincere congratulations to you and your wife! Now you will have a human baby to go along with all your furbabies! I became aware of your blog after coming across a video of Alera on youtube and have since been reading and following your blog. I, like yourself, am a huge animal lover and I am very touched by the effort you put towards the animals you help. Your blog has often made me cry - sometimes because what you experience is so sad, but sometimes there are very happy times that make me cry as well.

I cannot believe the time and effort you have put into rescuing Alera (just one example) but thank you for persuing his treatment. You've given me faith that there are wonderful people in this world that do care for animals as much as I do.

Finally, I just want to say, please do not be worried by the above comment regarding cat poop causing harm to your unborn child. While it is true that toxoplasmosis can be found in cat feces, it is nothing to be worried about if you take the proper precautions. During BeeBee's pregnancy, she should not empty or clean any litter boxes in order to avoid contact with the cat feces. As well, follow the other recommendations provided provided above by "carieelena". There is no need to worry about living with cats during pregnancy, women do it all the time. As for the cats spreading the bacteria onto the bed, chairs and couch - there is no need to worry about that as long as your keep your home reasonably clean and the cats take good care of themselves (grooming, cleaning, licking themselves). I just don't want you to think that you have to get rid of your precious furbabies during your wife's pregnancy. Don't let people scare you into thinking that!

Best of luck for a safe pregnancy! And thank you for all the special care you provide to the animals you find - you and your friends are amazing people for doing these things!

lupie said...

Congratulations!!!!

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