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If a woman catches hepatitis while she is pregnant, does the baby have it too?

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Dr. Henry Garcia
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Hepatitis/Pregnancy

First, transmission depends on what type of hepatitis is present.
Assuming viral hepatitis, hep a does not vertically transmit to the fetus but hep b and c can infect the fetus. The risk of maternal-fetal transmission with hepatitis b is related to the viral replicative status of the mother. Hepb vertical transmission ranges from less than 5 to 90%. Hepatitisc has a vertical transmission of 2%.

In brief: Hepatitis/Pregnancy

First, transmission depends on what type of hepatitis is present.
Assuming viral hepatitis, hep a does not vertically transmit to the fetus but hep b and c can infect the fetus. The risk of maternal-fetal transmission with hepatitis b is related to the viral replicative status of the mother. Hepb vertical transmission ranges from less than 5 to 90%. Hepatitisc has a vertical transmission of 2%.
Dr. Henry Garcia
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