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Hepatitis B during pregnancy: is it dangerous to my baby?

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The hepatitis B virus does not cross the placenta during pregnancy, but if you carry the virus, your baby will be at risk of infection at the time of delivery. The virus is not transmitted in breast milk, but babies are occasionally infected by blood if the mother's nipples are cracked and bleeding. As many as half of all babies infected with hepatitis B will develop cirrhosis or cancer of the liver in later life. This is why it is so important to know whether you are hepatitis B positive during pregnancy; if you are, your baby can be protected by IgG immunoglobulin treatment at delivery and get a hepatitis B vaccine soon afterward.

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Hepatitis B during pregnancy: is it dangerous to my baby?
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