Tuberculosis Testing During Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am about 3 months pregnant and have not yet been in to see a doctor because I have no insurance. I have just accepted a position as a preschool teacher and they asked that I have a TB test done. I have tried to contact Ob/Gyn offices for an answer but no one will give me info because I'm not their patient. I was wondering if I can get a TB test done while I am pregnant. Thank you for your help.

ANSWER

It is safe to take a TB test while you are pregnant. If you don't pass it and they want to do a chest X-ray, make sure that you are well-shielded. But you do need to get prenatal care as soon as possible, for your baby's sake and your own. Help is available if you do not have insurance. Contact your local welfare office for information. In most states, you do not have to be on welfare in order to get help with a pregnancy.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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