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How can I know if my baby will have birth defects or deformities?

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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

Ultrasounds and genetic screening in pregnancy can identify many abnormalities before a baby is born.
There are limitations to the screening though, neither test is capable of identifying every possible problem, but are good for picking up major problems.

In brief: Ultrasound

Ultrasounds and genetic screening in pregnancy can identify many abnormalities before a baby is born.
There are limitations to the screening though, neither test is capable of identifying every possible problem, but are good for picking up major problems.
Dr. Amy Herold
Dr. Amy Herold
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Ask many people

It's important for expectant couples to ask their families about offspring that had birth defects or died as babies; they should obtain information about genetic conditions associated with their heritage.
They need to openly discuss toxins to which they were exposed or illnesses they had prior to or during pregnancy. The OB can use the information to order genetic evaluation, screening tests, us.

In brief: Ask many people

It's important for expectant couples to ask their families about offspring that had birth defects or died as babies; they should obtain information about genetic conditions associated with their heritage.
They need to openly discuss toxins to which they were exposed or illnesses they had prior to or during pregnancy. The OB can use the information to order genetic evaluation, screening tests, us.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Research your risks

In general 4% is given as the total expected risk of any pregnancy having an unexpected deformity, genetic disease etc of all those possible.
Refined ultrasound, lab tests, etc are all helpful;however a session with a genetic counselor may help define your risk of a particular issue you may have read about or had in the family.No single test or workup can exclude every possible issue.

In brief: Research your risks

In general 4% is given as the total expected risk of any pregnancy having an unexpected deformity, genetic disease etc of all those possible.
Refined ultrasound, lab tests, etc are all helpful;however a session with a genetic counselor may help define your risk of a particular issue you may have read about or had in the family.No single test or workup can exclude every possible issue.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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