Consequence of hepatitis C in pregnancy for a child

Consequence of hepatitis C in pregnancy for a child

Pregnancy and hepatitis

In itself, this disease is a contraindication to conception is not. However, chronic hepatitis raises the question of maintaining the pregnancy.

When a healthy woman becomes infected, the ailment can be defeated with medications within six months. If the virus does not leave the body during this period, then surely hepatitis has passed into a chronic stage. And it is fraught with the gradual destruction of the liver.

Symptoms of the disease in expectant mothers may be negligible or absent altogether. The woman simply does not pay attention to them. But treatment requires ailment, because it is fraught with cirrhosis or liver cancer. Primary infection is manifested by weakness, deterioration in performance, may be similar to the initial signs of influenza. By the way, hepatitis C rarely causes jaundice.

The chronic nature of a malaise during pregnancy can be manifested by nausea, muscle pain, fatigue, liver pain, depression, increased anxiety.

< h2> Hepatitis C therapy in expectant mothers

When carrying a child, it is forbidden to take medications to fight the disease. After all, traditional drugs (and this interferon and ribavirin) for the fetus are dangerous, because they can provoke malformations. Patients should be protected from hepatotoxic effects. These are varnishes, paints, alcohol, automobile exhausts, combustion products.

It is forbidden to take antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antiarrhythmic drugs. Overstrain, physical activity, hypothermia are contraindicated for women. Pregnant should eat fractional, 5-6 times a day.

Future moms with such a diagnosis give birth in infectious departments. The method of delivery is chosen by the supervising obstetrician-gynecologist in conjunction with the therapist.

< h2> As the hepatitis C of the pregnant woman affects the fetus

In such a patient the baby can be born prematurely, with a shortage of weight. He will need specific care. If the hepatitis of a future mother is combined with obesity, then the chances of developing gestational diabetes are several times higher. Also, there is a constant threat of fetal hypoxia, miscarriage.

As for the transmission of the virus from mother to baby, during pregnancy and childbirth this probability is low. Statistics show that this happens in five cases out of a hundred. But the probability of transmission will increase if the pregnant woman has HIV.

After the appearance of crumbs in the world, he is required to conduct a study for the presence of a disease. It is worth knowing, that the presence of the virus in his blood for 18 months is not a sign of hepatitis, since the antibodies are of parent origin. When in a year and a half the results of the tests confirm the disintegration of the maternal antibodies, then it can be argued that the baby is healthy.

The mother's ailment on breastfeeding does not affect, because the virus is not transmitted to the crumb with mother's milk. But the risk of infection exists when the mother has damaged nipples or the baby has damage in the oral cavity. It is worth noting that the conception of a child with a chronic form of hepatitis C occurs in rare cases. After all, this disease breaks the menstrual cycle and often leads to infertility.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against this type of hepatitis. But you can get vaccinated from other forms of it - A and B. This need arises at a high risk of infection. Then after vaccination, a woman is administered immunoglobulin to increase immunity.

Pregnancy is a great responsibility, a serious step in a woman's life. Therefore, such a stage must be planned and conscious to be able to exclude all risks, properly prepare the body, protect it from infection by infectious diseases.

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