Aug 08

Beware TORCH at Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a happy part in the life of husband and wife. A healthy child would be a dream. However, in certain cases, because there lack of knowledge of pregnant women infected with TORCH. As a result, can lead to babies being born deformed, incomplete or infant death. TORCH what exactly is it?

TORCH is an acronym of some infectious diseases dangerous to be innate to the fetus when a pregnant woman suffered. These diseases would easily infect the fetus in the womb of a mother who was pregnant. Diseases that are part of the TORCH consists of several viruses and bacteria. TORCH is an acronym that if some disease is described as follows:

Q: toxoplasmosis, or Toxoplasma gondii. In the Indonesian language known as toxoplasmosis.
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 to the 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 name of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite that generally live on mammals such as dogs and cats.

Transmission: The parasite will come out with a dog or cat feces. Through this dirt can eventually get attacked by humans. Another is through the spread of flies, cockroaches or other insects that descend the dirt and stick to foods that have matured 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 infants and adults.


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 with infectious disease) and the presence of enlarged lymph nodes.

Transmission: The media is transmitted via the respiratory tract, saliva, sweat, blood or sexual contact of rubella patients. So, for pregnant women, should keep a distance when there are friends or relatives who are suffering from rubella or German measles to avoid contagion.

Effect: The disease is more dangerous if suffered by women who are pregnant young age, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Things that can be experienced by the baby if the mother is infected infants are born with disabilities or suffering from disorders such as brain damage, blindness, deaf or mute.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Cause: Caused by cytomegalo virus.

Effect: If the infection experienced by pregnant women, so the baby at risk of suffering from enlargement of the head, brain calcifications, enlarged heart, deaf, or the shape of the feet and hands that are not normal.

Herpes simplex type II

Cause: Herpes is divided into two types, while harmful to pregnant women is a type of herpes simplex type II (HSV II). The infection attacks the genitals. The mark of a person infected with this disease are white or spots appear on the genitals.

Transmission: Transmission is through direct or indirect contact with other sufferers. Can also be transmitted through sexual contact.

Effect: Babies born to infected mothers may suffer from this disease abnormalities in the skin, the skin blisters.

Prevent TORCH

Given the dangers of the TORCH for pregnant women, those of 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 food. In addition to good fetal development, adequate nutrition will also make the body healthy and strong. When the body healthy, the body can fight off many diseases including TORCH that will not infect the body.
Perform tests before pregnancy
It’s good, your body check before planning a pregnancy. You can check if the body contained a virus or bacteria that can cause infection of TORCH. If you’ve been infected, follow your doctor’s advice to treat and delay pregnancy until completely healed.
Vaccination aims to prevent the entry of the parasite that causes TORCH. Such as the rubella vaccine can be done before pregnancy. Only, you should not get pregnant before until 2 months later.
Eat foods that are cooked
Avoid eating food is not cooked or partially cooked. TORCH viruses or parasites cause can be found on food and will not die if the food is well cooked. To prevent that possibility, always consume cooked foods in your daily life.
Check the content in manageable units
During pregnancy, be sure that you check regularly and regular content. Point is to be done immediately if the action in your body was infected with TORCH. Babies who can help the baby’s condition does not become worse.
Keep your body clean
Keep your body hygiene. Basic hygiene procedures, such as washing hands, is very important.
Avoid contact with the disease
A pregnant woman should avoid contact with anyone suffering from a viral infection 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 their best to ensure a safer pregnancy. So, for a pregnant woman, try to always be aware of various diseases such as TORCH so that your baby is born healthy.