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Q&A: Is A Pap Smear Safe When You're Pregnant?

Is a Pap smear safe when you're pregnant?

Pap smears aren't just safe during pregnancy, they're actually a routine part of prenatal care. Your doctor will need to know if you're at risk for cervical cancer and will check to see if you have any STDs, which can cause premature births or even blindness. You'll probably have a Pap at your first pregnancy checkup. If you haven't had a Pap smear in the year preceding your first prenatal visit, get one ASAP.

By Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine