What Do I Have?

Viral hepatitis is the most common serious liver disease a pregnant woman can contract. The Hepatitis A and E viruses are transmitted by fecal-oral contact, usually from infected food. Exposure to hepatitis E during pregnancy is especially dangerous and can lead to fatality in the mother. Women infected with the hepatitis B, C, D, or G viruses have usually been exposed through sexual contact with an infected partner or intravenous exposure to contaminated blood.

The Hepatitis B, C, D, and E viruses can be transmitted from the mother to her baby during pregnancy. Hepatitis A is not associated with transmission to the fetus.