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What do you need to know about tuberculosis (TB) treatment during pregnancy?

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When you’re pregnant, your doctor will give you a number of routine tests to check for any health issues that might pose problems for you or your baby. One thing they may check you for early on is tuberculosis (TB). It’s a contagious bacterial disease that usually affects your lungs.

If you don’t get the right treatment for TB, it can be dangerous for you and your baby. You can die of it. So your doctor will want you to start treatment right away.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

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