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I lost a daughter to anencephaly 5 months ago. I would love to get pregnant again, but I am very scared?.Is there anyway anencephaly can happen again

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes,but

Your original risk was that of the general population that runs 1/1000 live births, but your recurrence risk climbs to 4%.
There are various nutritional & genetic factors that go into your overall risk of some unexpected outcome with pregnancy & a visit to a geneticist affiliated with a med school or children's hospital may be your best information source. Take time to grieve but don't give up.

In brief: Yes,but

Your original risk was that of the general population that runs 1/1000 live births, but your recurrence risk climbs to 4%.
There are various nutritional & genetic factors that go into your overall risk of some unexpected outcome with pregnancy & a visit to a geneticist affiliated with a med school or children's hospital may be your best information source. Take time to grieve but don't give up.
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