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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

No: The small dose of radiation in x-rays do not cause birth defects. In fact, most diagnostic imaging studies do not expose the fetus to enough radiation to cause birth defects. It is still prudent to shield the pelvis and abdomen in any case if the imaging needs to be done and the area to be imaged does not include where the baby is. ...Read more

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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

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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more

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What birth defects will Xanax (alprazolam) and narco cause if taken first 7 months of pregnancy? And when will they be noticeable?

What birth defects will Xanax (alprazolam) and narco cause if taken first 7 months of pregnancy? And when will they be noticeable?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) should not be taken in pregnancy. It can result in withdrawal of the fetus at birth. It is reported to be associated with developmental delays, skeletal anomalies, and problems with brain development. Please discuss this your physician. ...Read more

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I took a mtx shot for ectopic pregnancy. Does mtx cause birth defects? How long should I wait to try and conceive again? Articles or info appreciated

I took a mtx shot for ectopic pregnancy. Does mtx cause birth defects? How long should I wait to try and conceive again? Articles or info appreciated

Yes it does but: No one would ever give a pregnant Methotrexate during a viable pregnancy. You can start trying again when the bhg hormone goes down to zero. The medication will be out of your system by then. ...Read more

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Received a pos pregnancy test. Been using a cream for 3 of weeks with hydroquinine. I have stopped, but could this have caused birth defects already?

Received a pos pregnancy test. Been using a cream for 3 of weeks with hydroquinine. I have stopped, but could this have caused birth defects already?

Quinine: Quinine containing products are usually class c by the fda. There are no known birth effects, however, in very large dosages quinine can lead to optic nerve damage and auditory nerve damage. In all probability, there amount of quinine in your cream is not enough to cause nerve damage. ...Read more

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Do Topical retinoids (Antiaging creams mostly retinoids) cause birth defects during pregnancy? Asking about topical not systemic?

Do Topical retinoids (Antiaging creams mostly retinoids) cause birth defects during pregnancy? Asking about topical not systemic?

No: External creams and lotions do not penetrate the skin deep enough to enter the blood. For any medication to affect the fetus, it must enter the blood that can go to the fetus. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat spinach and kale during pregnancy? All the packages say 110% vitamin a. I read vitamin a causes birth defects.

Is it ok to eat spinach and kale during pregnancy? All the packages say 110% vitamin a. I read vitamin a causes birth defects.

Completely safe!: You're correct that taking (or eating) more than 10, 000 units of vit a in the first 7 weeks of pregnancy increases risk of birth defects. However, spinach ; kale contain no vitamin a: they have beta carotene, which your body can convert into vit. A as needed, but there's no evidence that any amount of beta carotene is harmful in pregnancy. Please choose organic spinach; regular is high in pesticides. ...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