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I took two Accutane pills on february 22 and 23. Each pill is 5 mg. I conceived on may 30. Should I be worried that my baby will have birth defect?

I took two Accutane pills on february 22 and 23. Each pill is 5 mg. I conceived on may 30. Should I be worried that my baby will have birth defect?

Category X: Isotretinoin (accutane) is a significant human teratogen. It's marketed for cystic acne & despite methods to try to avoid pregnancies, it still happens. However, it's not stored in tissue, the drugs clears after 5 days of ingestion, & luckily for you, it's too early to cause birth defects. Topical tretinoin has not been associated with teratogenic effects. Check with your doc to confirm the above. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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I missed taking my birth control and conceived my baby. I was told my baby could have birth defects because I was taking birth control. Is this true?

I missed taking my birth control and conceived my baby. I was told my baby could have birth defects because I was taking birth control. Is this true?

No: Pregnancy happens regularly to people on birth control. There is very little chance of birth defects if you get pregnant. The big problem is getting pregnant if you don't want to right now. Be consistent on the birth control pills if you want them to work. ...Read more

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Conceived on the pill. What kinds of birth defects would it cause?

Conceived on the pill. What kinds of birth defects would it cause?

None: Birth defects should be expected in approx. 4% of all live births. They are caused by an alteration in a gene, a chromosome, multiple factors or a teratogen - an exposure to a drug, for ex.
The pill was considered a causative agent behind some birth defects - one ex. Was the vacterl complex. Consensus today is that there is very little evidence for an association between the pill and defects. ...Read more

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Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects! ...Read more

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Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Infor availiable: Slight increase was undoubtably explained to you, check your contract. Birth defects also can occur in non ivf kids as well as learning disabilities. Congrats on giving birth. ...Read more

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What percent of babies have a birth defect?

What percent of babies have a birth defect?

About 3%: About 3 out of every 100 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Some can be very minor, and some are more serious. Some disease (like diabetes in the mother), or use of some medications in pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby having a birth defect. ...Read more

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What's so bad about aborting babies with severe birth defects?

What's so bad about aborting babies with severe birth defects?

Big controversy!: With all the technology and genetic testing that can indicate fetal problems, we are now faced with the ethical dilemma of terminating pregnancy if a severe defect is found. Many people have extremely strong feelings on both sides. Honestly, it is up to the parents, the ob, the pediatrician, and the geneticist to sit down, explore the information and the parents decide. ...Read more

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Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?

Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?

No: Children born to us servicemembers do have birth defects, but not more often than any other group: 3/100 births. These questions about parents' exposure to chemicals, infections, or stress during war - from vietnam to the present - have been studied within the us military and by outside agencies and contractors. Some anecdotes seem alarming, but no unusual scientific findings have been reported. ...Read more

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Dr. Is it true that ladies who get pregnant by self/home insemination will get birth defects/menatally/physicaly retarded babies?

Dr. Is it true that ladies who get pregnant by self/home insemination will get birth defects/menatally/physicaly retarded babies?

I don't see: How that would be possible if the semen being used is free from any abnormality. Women have been artificially inseminated for years and no evidence of increased birth defects has been reported. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

2-4$ of all babies.: 2-4% of all babies are born with a major or minor birth defect. This is not your fault, however recurrence can be prevented with certain cardiac and neural tube defects (among the more common and serious) by taking 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily for the rest of your reproductive life (i.e. Until menopause/hysterectomy/bilateral tubal ligation). ...Read more

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Big baby, birth defects caused by diabetes? What defines macrosomia?

Big baby, birth defects caused by diabetes? What defines macrosomia?

Not just big.: Fetal macrosomia can be suspected by serial ultrasound in which the fetus exceeds the 90th percentile. This means that the baby is larger than 89% of the babies of same gestational age. Furthermore"macrocosmic" fetus are at a higher risk of shoulder dystocia (difficulty of delivering shoulders after the head is out) and hypoglycemia or dropping blood sugars shortly after delivery. ...Read more

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What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

Autosomal recessive: There is increased risk of autosomal recessive type genetic disorders when close family members have a baby together. There are many of them but some examples include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease. ...Read more

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Can your baby have a birth defect due to a hepatitis a & b shot prior to your finding out you were pregnant?

Can your baby have a birth defect due to a hepatitis a & b shot prior to your finding out you were pregnant?

Unrelated: Any baby can have a birth defect, but the defects have no relationship to the vaccines. Defects happen with or without the vaccines. Babies with significant defects are supposed to be automatically miscarried, which is nature's way of helping ensure that only the healthiest fetuses develop into newborn babies. Of course, there are no perfect babies, no perfect children, and no perfect adults. ...Read more

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First baby born with birth defects and died after delivery. Will second one have same problem. Nobody has defects in the family?

First baby born with birth defects and died after delivery. Will second one have same problem. Nobody has defects in the family?

More info needed: I would add that it depends on the type of defects present and whether the risk is based in genetic inheritance. If there was a pregnancy related cause, your OB Gyn physician can further advise. Many healthy infants are born to mothers with a similar history, but more information is needed to answer. ...Read more

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I'm very worried because I got sone lab results about birth defects and they came out abnormal, does this mean my baby will have sone kind of deformity?

I'm very worried because I got sone lab results about birth defects and they came out abnormal, does this mean my baby will have sone kind of deformity?

Screen vs diagnose: There's a big difference between screening and diagnostic tests. Screening tests on the pregnant woman's blood, eg, evaluate for increased risk for certain birth defects. Tests such as cvs or amniocentesis confirm some diagnoses based on studies of chromosomes. Any woman receiving results from tests should get more information--ask the ordering doctor to explain them or refer to an expert who can. ...Read more

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8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. Heard it causes birth defects. I don't take it daily just as needed. Will the baby be ok?

8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. Heard it causes birth defects. I don't take it daily just as needed. Will the baby be ok?

Category B=safe: This drug is listed as a category "B" drug during pregnancy. This label is applied to drugs where existing studies show no fetal effect in the 1st or later trimesters. Since there is a lack of large scale studies on this and many other meds, it cannot be put in class A, the safest, but it is about as safe as true research can show. ...Read more

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I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

Time for consultatn: I would consult with your OB about available forms of testing. There are both screening and more specific tests for a variety of issues. High resolution ultrasound can detect many structural defects while blood tests or amniocentesis can detect others. There is no overall test that could guarantee a given baby does a problem that is missed by the usual screening. ...Read more

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What birth defects can an inbred baby be born with?

What birth defects can an inbred baby be born with?

Too many to list: If you mean what could be wrong, the list is endless. We are each thought to carry recessive genes for up to 4 metabolic mistakes, stuff that may only show up in 1/50, 000 births. If we have kids with a close relative, it is more likely one of those defects will show up. There are in excess of 250 metabolic problems (like PKU) known. ...Read more

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My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that dna changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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Does my high body weight increase my baby's chances for birth defects?

Does my high body weight increase my baby's chances for birth defects?

Yes and no: Not birth defects, but certanly some problems. As well as you.
You can develop high blood pressure and diabetes related to a pregnancy, and complications to your child with it will increase as well.
You baby could be prone for macrosomia, difficult delivery, probably c-section, possible hypoglycemia, and many others in the future. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if they should resuscitate a baby with birth defects?

How do doctors know if they should resuscitate a baby with birth defects?

Resuscitation: If it is know that the infant is going to have a lethal birth defect often prenatal counseling is done with the parents to determine if they want agressive treatment or comfort care for the newborn. If it is not know until delivery that the infant has a birth defect doctors usually resuscitate the infant and then do further testing to see if the defect is compatible with life. ...Read more

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Will your baby be born with a birth defect if you have low amniotic fluids in second trimester?

Will your baby be born with a birth defect if you have low amniotic fluids in second trimester?

Maybe, maybe not: The issue is a relative one & those with the poorest amniotic fluid /baby ratio are the ones most likely to have a defect. A GI tract not hooked up, kidneys that never formed or urine flow blockage are the most worrisome. If no kidneys, no pee, no cushion for baby to grow into & lungs are compressed & baby dies at birth. The GI tract & urine blockage can be fixed. Minor decreased fluid not a problm. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my baby's birth defects are from me taking Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant?

Is it possible that my baby's birth defects are from me taking Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant?

Zofran (ondansetron) and pregnancy: Need more information. What are your baby's birth defects? Zofran (ondansetron) is category B in pregnancy and is thought to be relatively safe, however, the safety of the drug for the fetus is still under study. ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more