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What happens if you have hepatitis when you are pregnant?

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If you're pregnant, your doctor will test you for hepatitis B. If you have it, your baby will be given immune globulin shots and a hepatitis shot. This will help protect your baby from contracting the virus.

A doctor might also recommend that a mother with active HBV receive treatment with an antiviral medication during the third trimester of pregnancy

Hepatitis E can be fatal to a pregnant woman during her third trimester. If the mother has hepatitis B, the baby is likely to contract the disease at birth.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians. WebMD Medical Reference: "Hepatitis C." WebMD Medical Reference: "Hepatitis B." WebMD Medical Reference: "Combination antiviral therapy for hepatitis C." Manual of Family Practice. FDA.




 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 14, 2019

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American Academy of Family Physicians. WebMD Medical Reference: "Hepatitis C." WebMD Medical Reference: "Hepatitis B." WebMD Medical Reference: "Combination antiviral therapy for hepatitis C." Manual of Family Practice. FDA.




 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 14, 2019

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