Toxoplasmosis is a common infection found in birds, animals, and people. In most people, it does not cause serious health problems. But if you are exposed during pregnancy, it can cause brain damage and vision loss in your baby. The chance of getting the infection and passing it on to your baby is low. However, it's important to avoid anything that may be infected, such as infected meat or cat feces.
It's important that you receive the appropriate diagnostic tests or treatment if you're concerned about exposure. Talk to your doctor or midwife.
If you are planning to use an insect repellent when you are pregnant or nursing, check the recommendations or restrictions for use. If in doubt, talk with your doctor. Many insect repellents are not recommended for babies or young children.