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Old 05-06-2007, 12:10 AM   #1
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i am enrolling danny into preschool and the teacher todl me the parents need to go help out 6 hours a month, which means i have to get the tb test done, is this safe while i'm pregnant? i am taking danny in monday to his ped to get his but i am scared about the what ifs for me, i have to help out as the other parents do and its mandatory to get this test done..anyone have any info for me please? Thanks in advance everyone

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seems that according to Dr Sears, its a-okay

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Yup. . . it's okay!
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Our clinic gives you the tb test at your first ob check up so I'm guessing it is ok.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:27 AM   #5
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Re: anyone know if the TB test is safe during pregnancy?

i had it done when i was PG with Joe (didnt know it yet) and everything turned out just fine!

if you are worried check it out with your OB/MW.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:34 AM   #6
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I am thinking that it is rarely mandatory to get injected with anything if it is medically inadvisable. The TB test seems to be considered safe during pregnancy, but if you aren't comfortable with it, ask if you can get an exemption to have it done after the baby is born... You are due in the fall shortly after school begins; why not offer to make up your fall volunteer hours in the winter and spring, if they make an issue of it?
I thought yearly tb tests for childcare workers were no longer in vogue since after several tests are done on you, you might build up enough of an immune reaction to the substance in the test to get a false positive, and then you'd have to get chest x-rays etc and it's a real hassle.
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Re: anyone know if the TB test is safe during pregnancy?

I refused it this time around. If you look it up in the Hale book "Medications and Mother's Milk" it is a pregnancy risk category C, which means that although there have not been a lot of adverse effects reported, there is also not a lot of research done on it. The hospital I worked for was pretty upset with me, but I was intending to quit within a month anyway (and I only worked there 10 hours a week).

However, there are a lot of resources out there that tell you it is completely safe. I think you just have to weigh the risks vs. the benefits.
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Yes, I waited until my second trimester, but it's very safe!
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I had to have a TB every year when I worked at the hospital. One year I was preggo with Rian and I tried every excuse I could to get out of it, but they said it was safe
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Thanks everyone! from what i read last night after posting this was it seems to be safe, i still wanted to hear form you all though
i now have another problem, this baby is coming sept 26, i know school starts in sept, how am i supposed to volunteer my hours when i'm recovering form my c/s..?? gues si will need to find that out asap..lol
maybe they'll let me skip one month for recovery
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