Q. Should we opt abortion when mother is infected from HEV during pregnancy?

Answered by
Dr. Nadia Khan
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on May 18, 2019

Hello doctor,

My wife is in the 14th week of her pregnancy. During a routine checkup, we came to know that she was infected from HEV. What will happen? Do we have to abort the child?

Dr. Nadia Khan

Obstetrics And Gynaecology


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There is no need for the abortion as HEV (hepatitis E virus) does not cross the placenta, but you need to have a close follow up for the pregnancy. Also, you have to get in touch with fetomaternal doctors (baby-mother doctors) and get a regular check-up of your liver function test. You would need to be delivered in a hospital setting as HEV may infect the baby at the time of birth. HEV is not harmful to the baby during pregnancy but needs close monitoring, and vigilant care of mother as mother's condition may deteriorate if not addressed properly. I hope it has helped you. If you require any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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