Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) test
should be done during pregnancy. Even though there are 10 â€“ 20% chances of
passing the infection to your baby, you should not take the risk. Follow your
Hepatitis B virus
test is done to check the substance in the blood to determine whether a hepatitis B
infection is active or had occurred in the past. Tests are done with
the help of infected body fluids like blood, vaginal fluids and semen. If the
mother is infected during pregnancy with
hepatitis B, it can also be transmitted to the child at or near the time of
birth. There are different types of tests done to check whether the Hepatitis B
virus is present or not.
is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is liver
inflammation which is caused due to the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). There are 4
more types of viruses that cause Hepatitis A, C, D and E. The most important
thing about Hepatitis B is that if it is not treated on time, it may cause
deaths as well.
Prevention of HBV
The best way to prevent HBV
is to take hepatitis B vaccine. It is relatively inexpensive and safe for all.
It is recommended for
All infants at the time of
Any adult or child who has not
received this vaccination
Adults who are treated for any
sexually transmitted disease
People who have more than one sex
Men who have sex with
People who come in contact with
different types of bloods
Pregnant women and hepatitis B
Every pregnant woman, when
she comes for first
prenatal visit to the doctor, gets suggested for few blood tests. One
of these tests is for Hepatitis
B test also. The main reason is that this disease can cause severe
illness, liver damage and even cause death.
There are many
people who are carriers of this virus but since they have no symptoms, they do
not know that they are carriers. The only thing is that if you are among these
people, you carry the risk of transmitting this disease to your child. If you
are infected with hepatitis B virus, your child will have to be provided apt
medical attention immediately after his
When should the hepatitis B test be
This disease is generally
tested in the fifth
month of pregnancy. If the test results indicate that you
do have hepatitis B, it is possible for your doctors to treat your baby right
at birth, so that future complications are prevented.
if you get the test negative, but you have not been vaccinated yet, your
medical practitioner will recommend you to get the hepatitis B vaccine. This
becomes all the more important if you are at high risk for contracting the
disease. The best thing is that the vaccination is safe for the pregnant woman
and the developing baby as well.
Symptoms of hepatitis B
Fatigue - This is one of the most
common symptoms if you carry hepatitis B virus. You will feel very tired.
Loss of appetite
Precautions after you test
Usually the doctor will go for
some further tests and investigate to get additional information. Since liver
gets infected due to this virus, it is important to find out the real condition
of the liver. You will be immunized so that your problem does not get intense.
If your liver is affected, you will have to avoid alcohol even after
You will have to go through some recurring tests
and evaluations. All the members in your family must get tested for the virus.
There will be no problem while giving birth due to this virus and you can also
breastfeed your child after birth. Just make sure that your nipple is free from
crack and never bleeds.
The child gets treated by a medical
team immediately after the birth. He will be given the first shot of vaccination
immediately and second and third as per your doctorâ€™s
What are the risks associated
with hepatitis B virus infection during pregnancy? When is hepatitis B test
done during pregnancy? What precautions should be taken if hepatitis B test is positive
during pregnancy? Discuss
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