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How does hepatitis C (HCV) affect your baby?

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One in 20 infants born to mothers with HCV gets the virus. That can happen in the womb, during delivery, or after the baby is born. The disease usually doesn't affect your baby before birth. Your child can’t catch the virus from your breast milk, but check with your doctor if your nipples are cracked or bleeding since the virus spreads through blood. There’s no way to prevent the virus from spreading to your baby. You don’t need to deliver by cesarian section just because you have hepatitis C.

From: Hepatitis and Pregnancy: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public,” “Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public,” “Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman has Hepatitis B,” “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public,”  “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth -- Tennessee and United States, 2009-2014.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis A,” “Hepatitis C.”

Medscape: “Hepatitis in Pregnancy.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Vaccination during pregnancy (Beyond the Basics).”

Canadian Family Physician: “Hepatitis A infection during pregnancy.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy,” “Routine Tests During Pregnancy.”

Hepatitis B Foundation: “Pregnancy and Hepatitis B.”

Paediatrics Child Health: “Hepatitis C in Pregnancy.”

Clinical Liver Disease : “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public,” “Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public,” “Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman has Hepatitis B,” “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public,”  “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth -- Tennessee and United States, 2009-2014.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis A,” “Hepatitis C.”

Medscape: “Hepatitis in Pregnancy.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Vaccination during pregnancy (Beyond the Basics).”

Canadian Family Physician: “Hepatitis A infection during pregnancy.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy,” “Routine Tests During Pregnancy.”

Hepatitis B Foundation: “Pregnancy and Hepatitis B.”

Paediatrics Child Health: “Hepatitis C in Pregnancy.”

Clinical Liver Disease : “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

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