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Is lack of calcium in pregnancy can cause the baby has a bone congenital? i don't drink milk while pregnant & my baby born without a thumb+radial bone.

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Deletion syndromes such as you are describing on your child are coded genetically, not from not having enough of a nutrient. They can also be caused from certain drugs or toxic environmental exposures. Would talk to geneticist or fetal medicine specialist about risk for future children having same problem. But it was not your lack of calcium intake that did this.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely an issue: The pregnant mom will lose calcium from her bones to build babies system.Vitamins & calcium intake during pregnancy help assure that mom won't later deal with soft bones as they replenish what baby extracts. The loss of a thumb and the radius may represent a form of the holt-oram syndrome. Further assessment by a physician & or geneticist may give you more specific answers after an evaluation.

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