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How early can doctors determine if a fetus has any birth defects from medications? And what test should be preformed ?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on situation

Every newborn should have a thorough exam at birth looking for transient distortions caused by uterine compression, disruptions from intrauterine events, or abnormalities from whatever cause.
If mom was on a specific medication, the sometimes hidden effects can be specifically looked for by those aware of the possibilities. There is no one test or group of tests.

In brief: Depends on situation

Every newborn should have a thorough exam at birth looking for transient distortions caused by uterine compression, disruptions from intrauterine events, or abnormalities from whatever cause.
If mom was on a specific medication, the sometimes hidden effects can be specifically looked for by those aware of the possibilities. There is no one test or group of tests.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Try not to stress!

Fus & fetal cardiac echo in the 2nd trimester show some anomalies caused by early exposures, as organs start forming as early as 3 weeks' conceptual age.
Screenings of maternal serum in the 1st & 2nd trimester help define some risks. Some meds change the function of a gene, but not it's structure. Your OB & prenatal genetic counselor will advise you of risks & if more invasive tests are warranted.

In brief: Try not to stress!

Fus & fetal cardiac echo in the 2nd trimester show some anomalies caused by early exposures, as organs start forming as early as 3 weeks' conceptual age.
Screenings of maternal serum in the 1st & 2nd trimester help define some risks. Some meds change the function of a gene, but not it's structure. Your OB & prenatal genetic counselor will advise you of risks & if more invasive tests are warranted.
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Birth defects

It will depend on what organ of the body the defect will be located.
A fetal ultrasound can do that for you.

In brief: Birth defects

It will depend on what organ of the body the defect will be located.
A fetal ultrasound can do that for you.
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