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Doctor insights on: How To Detect Cleft Lip Early In Pregnancy

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6 weeks pregnant. Been taking lamotrigine 50 mg since mid february. Could my baby already developed a cleft lip/pallate? At this early in pregnancy?

6 weeks pregnant. Been taking lamotrigine 50 mg since mid february. Could my baby already developed a cleft lip/pallate? At this early in pregnancy?

Unlikely: While many anti-epileptic drugs do have an increased risk of birth defects, Lamictal has not yet been shown to have any issues despite extensive testing. Do also keep in mind that seizures themselves are harmful to the fetus, and continuing your medication is critical. I would highly recommend seeing your neurologist on a regular basis during your pregnancy to make sure that blood levels are ok. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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I was wondering if a cleft lip can form after 5 months of pregnancy?

I was wondering if a cleft lip can form after 5 months of pregnancy?

Could find it: The cleft lip would have been present all along but a doctor could find it or see it for the first time at 5 months. ...Read more

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Which antihypertensive drugs that can cause cleft lip/palate if taken during pregnancy?

Which antihypertensive drugs that can cause cleft lip/palate if taken during pregnancy?

ACEi/ ARBs: Not sure there's a drug that links specifically to cleft lip but it is clear that you should avoid ACE Inhibitors and ARBs during pregnancy due to heart and kidney abnormalities that can occur. ...Read more

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If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

Depends on variables: Facial and palatal structures form over the 5th-10th weeks and clefting in either or both structures is evident during this process. Depending on the skill and equipment of the ultrasound tech, the cleft lip and palate may be seen. A cleft lip can occur without a cleft palate as can the opposite. Some minor clefting is hard to detect until delivery. ...Read more

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What causes children to get a cleft lip or plate?

What causes children to get a cleft lip or plate?

Different causes: Some cases of cleft lip and palate may be hereditary. Other cases may be spontaneous without any family history. If there is a history of cleft lip or palate in your family then you may want to consult with a genetic counsellor. ...Read more

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That's not a cleft lip, that's a harelip." what is the difference?

Same thing.: Hare lip is the old fashioned term for cleft lip. It is named after rabbits (hare) who all have a cleft lip. It is a term we try not to use any more because of the negative associations many people have with the term. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip or palate?

Opening lip/palate: Cleft lip is an opening in the skin and muscle of the upper lip and is a birth defect. Cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It can be partial or complete. You can have cleft lip or palate with or without the other. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip and palate is?

What is a cleft lip and palate is?

Birth defect: A cleft is a birth defect that occurs when the tissues of the lip and/or palate of the fetus do not fuse very early in pregnancy. A cleft lip, sometimes referred to as a harelip, is an opening in the upper lip that can extend into the base of the nostril. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Palate (Definition)

A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire ...Read more