10 doctors weighed in:
Can birth defects be prevented?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Some can, but not all.
Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoiding certain drugs or medications early in pregnancy, and being aware of higher risks with advancing maternal age are all important.

In brief: Yes
Some can, but not all.
Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoiding certain drugs or medications early in pregnancy, and being aware of higher risks with advancing maternal age are all important.
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Most can.
Most serious birth defects involving the heart and spine/brain can be prevented in 75-90% of cases when Folic Acid is taken daily at 1-5 mg for at least 3-12 months before conception.
Avoiding known teratogens (alcohol, valproic acid, vitamin a/retinoic acid, statins, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, radiation, heat, ace-inhibitors, etc.) can obviously also help prevent serious birth defects.

In brief: Most can.
Most serious birth defects involving the heart and spine/brain can be prevented in 75-90% of cases when Folic Acid is taken daily at 1-5 mg for at least 3-12 months before conception.
Avoiding known teratogens (alcohol, valproic acid, vitamin a/retinoic acid, statins, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, radiation, heat, ace-inhibitors, etc.) can obviously also help prevent serious birth defects.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics
In brief: Some can, some can't
A host of malformations are the result of genetic effects, sometimes single-gene abnormalities, sometimes multifactorial, the result of interaction of genes and environmental factors.
The cause of many we haven't a clue. Prevention of genetic defects cam be attempted by having a preconception screening for ethnic-related disorders, and prenatal testing to determine if the fetus is at risk. .

In brief: Some can, some can't
A host of malformations are the result of genetic effects, sometimes single-gene abnormalities, sometimes multifactorial, the result of interaction of genes and environmental factors.
The cause of many we haven't a clue. Prevention of genetic defects cam be attempted by having a preconception screening for ethnic-related disorders, and prenatal testing to determine if the fetus is at risk. .
Dr. Richard Roberts
Dr. Richard Roberts
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