A 41-year-old member asked:
why are birth defects are on the rise?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Martin Fried answered
35 years experience General Practice
Environment: although some birth defects are inherited others come from harmful environmental factors, and others are a result from complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. In about 50% of the cases the causes are unknown. Some birth defects can be prevented by not drinking or smoking or using street drugs during pregnancy. Talk to a healthcare provider about medications you are taking as well
Answered on Jul 15, 2014
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