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Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get congenital abnormalities?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Congenital anomalies

Your background human risk of having a baby with a congenital anomaly is 2 - 3 %.
Breaking down the causes of congenital anomalies finds that 90% have some genetic component. Only 10% are caused by things happening during the pregnancy, such as illnesses, infections, exposure to radiation, drugs, and chemicals. So the genetic component is far more associated with anomalies than any lifestyle issue.

In brief: Congenital anomalies

Your background human risk of having a baby with a congenital anomaly is 2 - 3 %.
Breaking down the causes of congenital anomalies finds that 90% have some genetic component. Only 10% are caused by things happening during the pregnancy, such as illnesses, infections, exposure to radiation, drugs, and chemicals. So the genetic component is far more associated with anomalies than any lifestyle issue.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
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In brief: Genes

Congenital anomolies usually stem from a genetic origin, whereas environmental or lifestyle can cause syndromes, such as fetal alchohol syndrome.

In brief: Genes

Congenital anomolies usually stem from a genetic origin, whereas environmental or lifestyle can cause syndromes, such as fetal alchohol syndrome.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
True, tho alcohol & other toxins can cause abnormal development of the fetal brain, eyes,, heart, digits & kidneys as part of the syndrome.
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