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How is hepatitis B treated in pregnancy?

How is hepatitis B treated in pregnancy?

Current treatment guidelines recommend initiating antiviral therapy during the third trimester of pregnancy for women with HBV DNA levels greater than 200 000 IU/mL to further reduce the risk of perinatal transmission. TDF is the preferred choice for this indication.

Can Hep B be given during pregnancy?

The following vaccines are considered safe to give to women who may be at risk of infection: Hepatitis B: Pregnant women who are at high risk for this disease and have tested negative for the virus can receive this vaccine. It is used to protect the mother and baby against infection both before and after delivery.

Can a pregnant woman recover from hepatitis B?

There is no cure for hepatitis B virus infection, but symptoms can be managed. There also is a vaccine that prevents hepatitis B virus infection. People who have had recent contact with the hepatitis B virus and are not vaccinated can be given a shot called hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) along with the vaccine.

How can hepatitis B affect pregnancy?

Babies born to a mother with hepatitis B have a greater than 90% chance of developing chronic hepatitis B if they are not properly treated at birth. It is very important that pregnant women know their hepatitis B status in order to prevent passing the virus on to their newborn baby during delivery.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B in pregnancy?

Symptoms of HBV include:

  • Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
  • Fatigue.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Dark urine.
  • Clay-colored stool.

Can I breastfeed if I have hepatitis B?

Is it safe for a mother infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) to breastfeed her infant? Yes. All infants born to HBV-infected mothers should receive hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth.