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What is hepatitis B (HBV)?

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Like hepatitis C, this virus can cause serious infections that damage the liver. You can pass both viruses to your baby before, during, or after vaginal or C-section delivery. There's a vaccine for it, and most babies get it at birth.

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 05, 2017

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 05, 2017

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