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Mother to baby

The risk of transmission from mother to child is thought to be approximately 5%. The risk is higher in women who are also co-infected with HIV. If you are pregnant or planning to have a child and are hepatitis C positive, it is important to discuss this with your consultant. Whether there is anything you can do to lessen the transmission risk is uncertain. There is some evidence that mothers with lower viral loads are less likely to transmit infection. It is not believed that caesarean delivery makes any difference. On the other hand, breastfeeding when your nipples are bleeding is also believed to pose a risk.