TORCH pregnant women is an acronym of some infectious diseases would be dangerous innate to the fetus when a pregnant woman suffered. TORCH can cause babies born with physical defect even causes miscarriage. These diseases can easily infect the fetus in the womb of a mother who was pregnant. Disease that is part of the TORCH consists of several viruses and bacteria.
TORCH is an acronym itself if some disease is described as follows:
T: Toxoplasmosis or Toxoplasma gondii.
O: Other infections or other infections such as Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Varicella-Zoster Virus, HIV, and Parvovirus B19.
R: Rubella, or in the Indonesian language known as Rubella or German Measles.
C: Cytomegalovirus, or known as cytomegalovirus or human herpes virus 5.
H: Herpes simplex virus or herpes simplex virus.
Other acronyms are also similar TORCHES which stands for Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes simplex, and Syphilis.
Cause: The disease is often associated with cats or dogs as the cause. The cause of this disease is the parasite Toxoplasma gondii by name who generally live on mammalian animals such as dogs and cats.
Transmission: These parasites will come out with a dog or cat feces. Through this dirt can eventually descend humans. Another is through the spread of flies, cockroaches or other insects that descend the dirt and stick to foods that have been mature or when the vegetables are not cooked properly can be transmitted to humans. Can also be spread through undercooked meat during processing.
Effect: The fetus is infected with this disease can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. Can also cause abnormalities in babies as adults.
Rubella is more dangerous when a woman suffered by the young pregnancy
Cause: Also known as German measles. A person infected with this disease can be identified by a rash on the body, muscle aches, fever (though not always accompanies this disease infection) and the enlarged lymph nodes.
Transmission: Media transmission through respiratory, saliva, sweat, blood or sexual contact other than rubella patients. So, for pregnant women, should keep his distance when there are friends or relatives who are suffering from rubella or German measles to avoid contagion.
Cytomegalo virus can infect pregnant woman
Cytomegalo virus (CMV)
Cause: Caused by cytomegalo virus.
Result: If the infection experienced by pregnant women, so the baby at risk of suffering from enlargement of the head, Calcification of the brain, liver enlargement, deaf, or the shape of the foot and hand abnormalities.
Herpes simplex type II
Cause: Herpes is divided into 2 types, while harmful to pregnant women is the type of herpes simplex type II (HSV II). These infections attack the genitals. Sign of a person infected with this disease are white or spots appear on the genitals.
Transmission: transmission is through direct contact or indirectly by another person. Can also be transmitted through sexual contact.
Due: Babies born to infected mothers may suffer from this disease in the skin disorder, skin is blistered.
Given the dangers of TORCH for pregnant women, for you who are planning pregnancy or who are currently pregnant, may consider the following suggestions so that your baby can be born with a good and perfect.
Eat nutritious foods. When pregnant, you should eat lots of nutritious foods. Besides good for fetal development, adequate nutrition will also make the body healthy and strong. When the body healthy, the body can fight various diseases including TORCH that will not infect the body.
Perform tests before pregnancy. There are good, your body check before planning a pregnancy. You can check whether there is a virus in the body or the bacteria that can cause infections TORCH. If you are already infected, follow your doctor’s advice to treat and delay pregnancy until completely recovered.
Conduct vaccination. Vaccination aims to prevent the entry of the parasite cause TORCH. Like rubella vaccine can be done before pregnancy. You just can not get pregnant before until 2 months later.
Eat foods that are cooked. Avoid eating food is not cooked or undercooked. Viral or parasitic causes of TORCH be present in food and will not die if food is not cooked. To prevent that possibility, always consume cooked foods in your daily life.
Check the womb regularly. During pregnancy, make sure also that you check the fetus regularly. The point is to be done immediately if the action in your body was infected with TORCH. Rapid handling can help prevent the baby’s condition does not become worse.
Keep your body hygiene. Basic hygiene procedures, such as washing hands, is very important.
try to always be vigilant against various diseases such as TORCH for your baby is born healthy
Avoid contact with disease. A pregnant woman should avoid contact with anyone who suffered from viral infections, such as rubella, also called German measles.
In seeking more information about pregnancy and caring for him before and during pregnancy and by thinking carefully in advance about the various aspects of childbirth, a woman will do as best he could to ensure a safer pregnancy. So, for a pregnant woman, try to always be vigilant against various diseases such as TORCH for your baby is born healthy.
The Danger of Toxoplasmosis Virus on Pregnancy
However, the existence of this virus in the pregnant woman who does not exactly make a woman immune and her fetus safe and secure when she get pregnant some day. Despite the better go to the doctor to detect any case of disease due to this virus. For prevention, wash your hands after handling cats, and avoid food that has not been cooked properly.
Toxoplasmosis risk during pregnancy
Some tips for the prevention of toxoplasmosis in general and during pregnancy
We recommend that if you are planning a pregnancy to consult a doctor to perform the Toxoplasmosis test examination before you get pregnant, the meaning is if you positive infected, it can be the optimal treatment before entering your pregnancy.
Here some tips to prevent from toxoplasmosis:
Avoid eating raw food is cooked or half cooked.
Clean and wash well with fruits or vegetables eaten before.
Clean hands, kitchen utensils (such as board or to cut the pad) which is used to manage raw meat, this is to prevent contamination with other food.
Do not drink milk from animals UNPASTEURIZED.
When you clean up garbage or trash, do not forget to use gloves and wash hands or should submit this task to the other family members, if you are pregnant.
Wear gloves when you want to do the out door job like gardening, to avoid direct contact of the infected animal fesses.
To keep your cat
If you keep a cat, then when you try to get pregnant or are pregnant, leave the task of clean up cat fesses to the members of the other.
Clean your cat fesses every day and remember to use gloves and wash your hands every clean finish.
Wash each finished playing with your cat
Dispose of cat fesses in the plastic to the trash, do not sow or throw away it in garden or near your garden.
Do not feed raw meat to your cat.
Check to the vet when you see that your cat there are signs of illness.
Cats that are kept inside the house, which is not raw meat, and does not catch birds or mice, are usually not infected.
By the right handling, it can reduce the toxoplasmosis risk especially during pregnancy.