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What Birth Defects Can Methadone Use Cause
Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat. ...Read more
Stillbirth: Our biggest concern is that listeria infection in the expectant woman can cause death of her fetus. There have been cases traced to eating contaminated cheese and cold cuts. Please see my guide on what food to feed your family (and fetus); there are two answers and links to food safety there. ...Read more
Gene errors: We all carry recessive genes to a few conditions that are not a problem unless they come together with another carrier. The closer you are related, the more genes you have in common. Two carriers, can conceive a baby that has both bad recessive genes, with any pregnancy.Whether this produces a fatal metabolic disorder or some lesser problem, the results are the same. The genes define you. ...Read more
Not generally: Ecoli is a bacteria generally found in the intestinal tract, it can cause many different types of infections, most commonly urinary tract infections. Any serious infection can increase the can of premature delivery, which can cause developmental delay, but this is generally avoided with prompt treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Atrazine is a widely used herbicide (esp. With corn fields & grass on golf courses) with history of widespread contamination in drinking water and association with menstrual problems, birth defects & more vulnerable to cancer in later life. It is banned in europe. Environmental protection agency feels the current levels & spikes are safe. Scientists/health advocates disagree. ...Read more
No: According to the national institute of health and our government who reviewed all the literature. The answer was there is little evidence of reproductive or developmental toxicity. ...Read more
Besides Diabetes: The answer to your question is yes. ...Read more
If I had to have my ampulla enlarged due to birth defect could it possible close back up and cause pain when eating?
Yes: I would assume you mean your ampula of vater leading to your stomach. ...Read more
Genes, environ, luck: A mix of genetics, exposure & chance. The formation of the heart is a very complex process as a simple vascular tube transforms into a specialized pump intertwining 2 separate circulations. Sometimes cells fail to migrate or grow-->may lead to septal defects. Structures may not form, and if they interfere with bloodflow (e.g., valve not opening), then downstream structures don't grow or develop. ...Read more
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