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after 35, what are the possible birth defects?

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Dr. David Bergman
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 37 years experience
Birth Defects: Birth defects are usually spontaneous occurrences unless they are related to genetic abnormalities or exposure to substances that are known to cause birth defects. After 35 a women has a higher risk of a fetus having a genetically abnormal fetus and therefore a slightly higher risk of birth defects that are associated with these genetic issues. Antenatal testing and sonograms can help detect.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Similar to younger: In the world of birth defects, age starts to increase chances of chromosome anomalies, like Down syndrome, adding about 1% risk at 40 and 5% at 50.You must add this to the risk a mom would have one at any age. There are a lot of different ones, and only a consultation with a clinical geneticist could define yours.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can birth defects be diagnosed in utero?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Some: Some problems, like cleft lip, can be see on ultrasound. Others like down's syndrome, can be detect with amniocentesis. No tests or set of tests can find all problems, however.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can prescription medications cause birth defects?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Most meds are safe in pregnancy, but there are a few that are reliably teratogenic. Accutane reliably causes birth defects. Ace inhibitors can cause renal anomalies. Some antiseizure medications increase the risk of birth defects. One needs to check with their doctor about each med they are taking. Some drugs are teratogenic in early pregnancy but safe later on. Check with your md.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which medication can cause birth defects?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
List is too long: That list is way too long. Unless a drug is listed by the fda as category a or b there is at least a theoretical risk. The risk is higher for a d drug and absolute danger if rated x.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can the doctor detect birth defects at 3 months?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Depending on why one would be lookng, a high resolution, high level ultrasound and a biopsy of tissue in the womb (chorionic villus sampling) along with blood testing can pick up birth defects. There is much more to consider. But yes it can be done.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How serious is it when a product says it can cause 'birth defects'?

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Dr. Edward Evans
Neonatology 18 years experience
Depends: Something's cause serious birth defects , others only add a small increased risk, it is best to review specific products with a doctor before using.

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