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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

They can.: Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during early pregnancy (4-12 weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant!). The mechanism is damage to the embryonic dna by the radiation beam. As most pregnant women get x-rays to other parts of their body with lead apron over their abdomen, the practical risk is close to zero. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


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Does doxycycline taken early in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Does doxycycline taken early in pregnancy cause birth defects?

It has in some cases: Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline. It has been assigned to the pregnancy category d, indicating that animal studies have revealed this can injure the embryo & fetus. Most congenital defects appear to be due to the toxicity of skeletal formation; also injuring tooth development. Some expectant mothers have taken Doxycycline with no ill effects; however, the risk may outweigh the benefit. ...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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Can doxycycline and tetracycline taken in first five weeks of pregnancy cause birth defects?

Can doxycycline and tetracycline taken in first five weeks of pregnancy cause birth defects?

MEDS IN PREGNANCY: Both Doxycycline and tetracycline fall in pregnancy safety category-d. It means: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the potential benefits from the use of the drug in pregnant women may be acceptable despite its potential ricks (e.g. If the drug is needed in life threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs can't be used or are ineffective). ...Read more

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Is it true that raising your heart rate over 140bpm when in early stages of pregnancy/pregnancy cause birth defects due to decreased blood to fetus?

Is it true that raising your heart rate over 140bpm when in early stages of pregnancy/pregnancy cause birth defects due to decreased blood to fetus?

No: That used to be a misnomer, but has since been proved false. Recent studies and statements by the american college of ob/gyn have stated that women in otherwise good health can and should get their heart rates elevated in pregnancy through moderate exercise. The key is to stay super hydrated. Exercise is great in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can ibrufen cause birth defects or a mjscarriage in my pregnancy?

Can ibrufen cause birth defects or a mjscarriage in my pregnancy?

Category C & D: Ibuprofen is not linked to miscarriage but safety before 30 weeks is not clear. It should not be used after 30 weeks because it can cause early closure of an important blood vessel around the babies heart. This could cause death. ...Read more

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Will stress and anxiety cause any birth defects in pregnancy? I'm 3 and a half months pregnant. Feel better now but now worried if baby is okay?

Will stress and anxiety cause any birth defects in pregnancy?  I'm 3 and a half months pregnant. Feel better now but now worried if baby is okay?

Yes and no: Stress or anxiety per se will not cause a birth defect. However if you do not take care of yourself, if you don;t rest, don't sleep, don't eat right, don't gain appropriate weight that can effect the baby and its growth. Make sure you have people you can talk to that can help you when in need. Best of luck with your pregnancy ...Read more

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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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