How to deal with hepatitis in pregnancy?
By Dr. Nutan Pakhare
Hepatitis is a virus that causes inflammation in the liver. It can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person, through contaminated food or water, or by sexual activity with someone who’s infected. In fact, there are many ways you can get hepatitis—and some of them are not as obvious as they might seem! In this article, we’ll discuss how hepatitis is spread and what you can do to protect yourself from getting it during pregnancy
The most common types of hepatitis infection in pregnancy are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E.
The most common types of hepatitis infection in pregnancy are Hepatitis A and E. Hepatitis B, C, and D are rarer but can also occur during pregnancy.
Hepatitis A is usually spread through contaminated food or water.
1- You can get it from eating raw or undercooked meat or shellfish from infected animals (such as wild boar).
2- You can also get it by having sex with someone who has the virus, if you have close contact with them when they have an open sore or wound where the virus might be present.
Hepatitis E is usually spread to humans through contaminated water; however, some research suggests that it can also be transmitted sexually or via breast milk.
You can get hepatitis A by eating or drinking something with the hepatitis A virus in it.
You can get hepatitis A by eating or drinking something with the hepatitis A virus in it. Food and drink can be contaminated with hepatitis A virus, so if you eat or drink something that has been left overnight at room temperature, for example, this could cause you to catch the virus.
The symptoms of hepatitis A can include yellow eyes and skin, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-coloured bowel movements, joint pain, fatigue, and nausea and vomiting.
Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), can be serious.
The symptoms of hepatitis A can include yellow eyes and skin, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, fatigue and nausea and vomiting.
If you have hepatitis A during your pregnancy, your doctor will recommend treatments to manage your symptoms while protecting your baby.
Hepatitis A is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver. Most people with hepatitis A have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment, but it can be serious for some people and lead to long-term complications.
Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by eating or drinking something contaminated with the virus, like raw shellfish or food prepared by someone who doesn’t wash their hands well enough after using the bathroom. It’s not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
If you have hepatitis E during your pregnancy, your doctor will monitor your liver function to make sure it’s working well enough to keep you safe.
To do this, they may use one of several techniques. These include:
- Liver function tests (LFTs). LFTs typically take place every 1-2 weeks until delivery and then every 2-3 months postpartum. Tests include aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin and prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (PT/INR). If levels are normal and the baby appears healthy at each follow-up visit, no further testing may be needed unless there are any changes in symptoms or if a complication occurs.
- Liver biopsy: A small sample of liver tissue is taken with a needle passed through the abdominal wall into the liver under ultrasound guidance. The biopsy is used to look for signs of damage caused by hepatitis E such as inflammation or scarring on sections of tissue stained with special dyes called histopathology stains that show abnormal cells more clearly than standard light microscopy does alone.”
If you have hepatitis B or C during your pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you stop breastfeeding, which will lower how much of the virus is in your body fluids (like breast milk) before you pass it to your child.
The risk of transmission through breast milk is lower than that of HIV, but it’s still there. If you have hepatitis B or C during your pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you stop breastfeeding, which will lower how much of the virus is in your body fluids (like breast milk) before you pass it to your child.
If you do decide to stop breastfeeding for any reason and want to resume at a later time, talk with your doctor about whether this is safe for both mother and baby.
Also until recently, it was thought impossible to catch HIV from breastfeeding – but new research has shown that’s not the case
It was previously thought that it is impossible for a mother to contract HIV from breastfeeding, but according to a recent study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, this is not the case.
Though breastfeeding remains one of the safest forms of infant feeding and should be encouraged as long as it’s safe for both mother and child, this research has shown how important it is to protect yourself against HIV transmission while pregnant.
In conclusion, hepatitis is a viral infection that can affect many people. It can cause serious symptoms and even death if it isn’t treated properly. If you have hepatitis during pregnancy, then there are several ways to manage your symptoms and protect your baby from getting infected.