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How can I know if my baby will have birth defects or deformities?

How can I know if my baby will have birth defects or deformities?

Ultrasound: Ultrasounds and genetic screening in pregnancy can identify many abnormalities before a baby is born. There are limitations to the screening though, neither test is capable of identifying every possible problem, but are good for picking up major problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...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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Whats so bad about aborting babies with severe birth defects?

Whats 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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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?

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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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?

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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Im 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?

Im 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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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?

No: The Accutane should be metabolized and out of your system by the time you conceived. Medical guidelines allow for discontinuation of birth control 30 dyas after the last dose at which point the risk is minimal related to accutane. Most of the birth defects associated with Accutane are associated with its use during pregnancy (after implantation of the embryo). Given your timing, minimal risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more