Actress Jamie Otis recently took to Instagram to share how a series of Pap tests during pregnancy saved her life.

Sharing that she was diagnosed with HPV following a first Pap test, Otis also noted that “At my 6 week check up I had another pap. It came back abnormal with ‘high risk’ cells.⁣..I am so fortunate to have caught this early. ⁣These ‘abnormal’ cells are what turn into full blown cancer.⁣”

Otis’ experience aligns with WebMD’s description of Pap tests during pregnancy, which note “if a…test was abnormal during pregnancy, the doctor will likely do another Pap test a few weeks after childbirth.”

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I have HPV. I found out when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy & had an “abnormal” pap.🤰🏼They told me I’d have to wait until my 6 week check up after delivery to investigate further so I didn’t risk losing my baby.👶🏼💙⁣ ⁣ I have two friends who told me they were diagnosed with HPV during pregnancy too. One said it went away completely after giving birth. The other may need a hysterectomy….⁣ ⁣ I was kinda hoping I’d be like my first friend & it’d be gone after delivery, but at my 6 week check up I had another pap. It came back abnormal with “high risk” cells.⁣ ⁣ Sooo yesterday I had a colposcopy. When she finished the biopsy of my cervix she said that it’s likely I’ll need the LEEP procedure bc she could see the high risk, abnormal tissues.⁣ ⁣ I am so fortunate to have caught this early. ⁣ These “abnormal” cells are what turn into full blown cancer.⁣ ⁣ Luckily for me, I got pregnant and they made me have a pap. Otherwise who knows when I would’ve had one. I didn’t always get my routine check ups bc I was so “busy.”⁣ ⁣ Don’t let life get too “busy” to get your check ups. I believe in my heart I’ll be perfectly fine, but man! To think if I hadn’t gotten pregnant these high risk cells would just be hanging out spreading inside me and I wouldn’t know any better bc there are no signs or symptoms.⁣ ⁣ Sooo, yeah, if you are due for your check up go get your pap!🙃💗⁣ ⁣ #marriedatfirstsight #mafs #hpv #hpvawareness #womenshealth #womensupportingwomen #postpartum #postpartumlife #momlife⁣ ⁣

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“Luckily for me, I got pregnant and they made me have a pap. Otherwise who knows when I would’ve had one,” Otis said, adding “I didn’t always get my routine check ups bc I was so ‘busy’. Don’t let life get too “busy” to get your check ups. I believe in my heart I’ll be perfectly fine, but man! To think if I hadn’t gotten pregnant these high risk cells would just be hanging out spreading inside me and I wouldn’t know any better bc there are no signs or symptoms.⁣”

Read more about how a Pap during pregnancy ensured the safety of Jamie and her baby here.