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How serious is it when a product says it can cause 'birth defects'?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Birth defects come in all "sizes".
Some are extremely serious and cause death, like anencephaly, where most of the brain is missing. Some are minor and and easy to treat, like an extra finger. Different chemicals are known to be associated with different kinds of birth defects, so it completely depends on which product or chemical you are using.

In brief: Depends

Birth defects come in all "sizes".
Some are extremely serious and cause death, like anencephaly, where most of the brain is missing. Some are minor and and easy to treat, like an extra finger. Different chemicals are known to be associated with different kinds of birth defects, so it completely depends on which product or chemical you are using.
Dr. Danae Steele
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
It also depends upon the stage of pregnancy that you are in. Early in pregnancy compounds can cause birth defects, but after the body is formed compounds can no longer effect the structure of the body part, only its function.
Dr. Edward Evans
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Something's cause serious birth defects , others only add a small increased risk, it is best to review specific products with a doctor before using.

In brief: Depends

Something's cause serious birth defects , others only add a small increased risk, it is best to review specific products with a doctor before using.
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