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TB and Pregnancy

What if I have TB, what happens to my baby after I have delivered?

All babies get immunized with an injection called BCG soon after birth to protect them from getting TB, but if you have TB, your baby will not be given BCG soon after birth until she or he has been tested for TB.

Can I breastfeed if I have TB?

YOU CAN SAFELY BREASTFEED YOUR BABY WHEN YOU ARE ON TB TREATMENT.

It is important that your baby gets all the nutrients it needs, and breast milk is best for this.

REMEMBER TO COVER YOUR COUGH TO PREVENT TB GERMS FROM SPREADING TO YOUR BABY

  • Use a tissue or cloth when you cough
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow
  • Put on a face mask.

Will the TB treatment affect me and my baby?

Most TB treatments can be taken safely when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor or nurse will tell you more on safety of your treatment.

Can TB harm my developing baby?

If you have TB during pregnancy and you don’t out and treat it early, there is a higher risk of:

  • Having a miscarriage
  • Your baby being born prematurely
  • Your baby being born with low birth weight
  • Your baby being born with TB.

GET TESTED FOR TB EARLY AND BE TREATED TO PREVENT TB AFFECTING YOUR BABY.

What if I am pregnant, have TB and are also HIV positive?

If you have TB and are HIV positive and, are NOT on Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment:

  • You will start the TB treatment immediately, and
  • You will start the ARVs within two-eight weeks.

If you are on ARV treatment already:

  • You will continue with ARVs
  • You will start TB treatment immediately.

YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE MAY CHANGE YOUR TREATMENT TO FIND WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

What if I am pregnant and have TB?

  • TB can be safely treated and cured when you are pregnant
  • Early treatment is best for you and your baby
  • TB treatment helps to kill the TB germ in your body
  • Do not stop taking your treatments even if you feel better
  • You will take your medication for a minimum of six months or until the nurse or doctor tells you to stop 
  • If you have any side effects from the treatment, you must tell the nurse or doctor.

How do I stay healthy when I am pregnant?

Attend all antenatal check ups

  • Take your treatment as advised by your nurse or doctor
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Clean, handle and cook food carefully to prevent passing on germs
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Take regular exercise
  • Get enough sleep and rest.

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