World Mourns Thalidomide Champion, Frances Oldham Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey would change the world of pharmaceuticals, and save the lives of untold thousands of babies around the world. ... read more »

PAX3 Gene May Be Linked to Birth Defects in Diabetic Mother

A team of researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified an enzyme that may increase the likelihood of birth defects in children born to mothers with diabetes. The enzyme, known as AMPK, signals cells to stop producing a specific gene, PAX3. ... read more »

Birth Defects

Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. ... read more »

Study: Birth Defects Are Not Being Reported Accurately

According to an annual report by the BINOCAR (British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers), birth defects are not being reported as often as they should be. Currently, about one in 80 births are noted as having a birth defect of some kind. ... read more »

Does Time of Delivery Affect Infants With Birth Defects?

According to a new study completed by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, births occurring at night and over the weekend are just as safe for infants born with birth defects as weekday deliveries. ... read more »

ART and Birth Defects in Western Australia

According to a retrospective analysis of data collected on major birth defects associated with ART (assisted reproductive technology), overall birth defect rates are down but remain high compared to those reported after natural conception. ... read more »

Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

Tobacco smoke and the chemicals produced have long been linked to problems and conditions with the fetus. The conditions range from low birth weight, prematurity and in some instances birth defects. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology Procedures and Risks

Thanks to ART treatments couples that would not have otherwise been able to parent are now happily raising children. However, despite the benefits associated with ART, there is some risk of birth defect according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. ... read more »

An Acne Pill that Causes Birth Defects

Overall, Accutane is safe for people who are not pregnant and are not trying to conceive. However, the drug can cause serious birth defects. ... read more »

Newborns Affected by Severe Illness Linked to Parasite

Toxoplasmosis is a cat parasite that can infect a pregnant woman if the woman touches cat waste, which is why pregnant women are told not to change cat litter boxes while pregnant. ... read more »

Ten Tips For Reducing Risks Of Birth Defects

Everyone wants a healthy pregnancy and there are some ways you can reduce your risk of birth defects in your baby. Here are ten tips! ... read more »

Why is Folic Acid Important for Pregnancy?

What is folic acid and what does it do? ... read more »

What is Folic Acid?

What does folic acid do? ... read more »

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Women who are HIV positive often take anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the symptoms associated with the virus and protect the fetus from contracting HIV during pregnancy and childbirth. ... read more »

Trisomy 18 - Edward Syndrome

Trisomy 18 syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 6,000 live-born infants. Trisomy 18 is due to the presence of an extra #18 chromosome. ... read more »

Vitamin B12 Preconception Decreases Malformations

Vitamin B12 preconception decreases malformations. ... read more »

A Healthy Diet During Pregnancy May Reduce Birth Defect Risk

Women who eat healthy during pregnancy are less apt to have children with birth defects, according to new research published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. ... read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy

For the pregnant woman on antidepressants, the psychiatrist and the obstetrician can work together to find a suitable treatment that will work with pregnancy and keep baby healthy during gestation. ... read more »

Trentinoin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Trentinoin and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe to use while pregnant and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Theophylline During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about theophylline and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/org breastfeeding? ... read more »

Warfarin (Blood Thinner) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about warfarin and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Clomiphene (Clomid) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Clomiphene (Clomid) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Lithium During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Lithium and pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Smoking Linked to Clubfoot and Other Physical Birth Defects

Doctors are constantly reminding pregnant women of the risk factors associated with smoking during pregnancy such as lower birth weight and increased risk of miscarriage. But despite the warnings, there have been no proven physical birth defects associated with smoking, until now. ... read more »

Paxil (Paroxetine) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Paroxetine (Paxil) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Diabetes Mellitus and Birth Defects

Women who receive a diagnosis of diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with one or even multiple birth defects than a mother who is not diabetic. ... read more »

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome More Complex Than Once Believed

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a series of birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. ... read more »

Early Pregnancy Hypertension Increases Birth Defect Risk

A new research study published in the British Medical Journal, claims women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to have children with birth defects. ... read more »

Noninvasive Chromosomal Defect Test for Fetus

The current trusted method of testing for chromosomal anomalies in the fetus involves an invasive procedure where amniotic fluid is drawn from the amniotic sac and tested. The procedure is expensive and posts risk of infection and fetal harm. ... read more »

Cool Pregnant Women Have Healthier Pregnancies

According to research completed by QUT (Queensland University of Technology), pregnant women need to stay cool during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy to decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. ... read more »

Fluconazole During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Fluconazole and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe to use while pregnant and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Scientists are calling for more research into levels of chemicals in swimming pools after it was found they were significantly higher than found in ordinary tap water. ... read more »

Harlequin-type Ichthyosis

Infants born with Harlequin-type Ichthyosis present with dry, scaly skin creating a diamond pattern on the body. Skin is much thicker than normal and does not bend so severe cracking occurs. When cracks forms, risk of infection increases. Some skin infections associated with Harlequin-type Ichthyosis can be fatal. ... read more »

Omphalocele

Children born with Omphalocele have a type of hernia that allows the intestines, liver, and sometimes other organs to protrude through the belly button area of the stomach. ... read more »

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (also known as CDH) is an abnormality that occurs before birth as a fetus is forming in the mother's uterus. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Eat Liver During Pregnancy?

Liver is a good source of protein and is rich in certain vitamins and minerals. However, there are several concerns with eating products made from liver while you're pregnant. ... read more »

Retin-A Cream and Pregnancy - Is it safe?

Can I use Retin-A Cream during pregnancy? ... read more »

PCBs and other Pollutants May Play a Role in Pregnancy Delay

A study showed that couples with high levels of PCBs have been found to take longer to get pregnant. ... read more »

Heartburn Medications Not Linked to Birth Defects

Heartburn is a common complication in pregnancy, but researchers say pregnant women should not worry about their effects on the unborn fetus. ... read more »

Phentermine - Diet, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage

Phentermine is categorized as category C in pregnancy because it is chemically related to amphetamines, which have been shown to cause miscarriages and birth defects. ... read more »

Allergy Shots

Is it safe to receive allergy shots when trying to conceive (TTC) and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Can too much Vitamin E hurt my baby?

The RDA for pregnant women is 18 mg of Vitamin E. Recent studies have shown that taking in too much Vitamin E during pregnancy can cause birth defects in children. ... read more »

Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy

Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in NutraSweet, Equal, and most diet soft drinks and other sugar-free treats, and it's considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts. ... read more »

Anti-Aging Face Creams During Pregnancy

Most anti-aging creams are included on the list of beauty treatments that are considered unsafe to use during pregnancy due to the fact that anti-aging creams often include high doses of vitamin A. ... read more »

Folic Acid Absorption Affected By Medications

First trimester exposure to certain medications such as folic acid antagonists is associated with increased risk for neural tube, cardiovascular and urinary tract defect. ... read more »

Cyclopia: The One-Eyed Baby

Cyclopia is an extremely rare birth defect where the baby is born with one eye or two eyes on the forehead of the baby. ... read more »

Phocomelia - Shortened or Absent Arms or Legs

Phocomelia is a congenital disorder that presents with a reduction in length of the long bones of the legs and / or arms. ... read more »

Indeterminate Sex

When an infant is born with indeterminate sex, the genital organs are not visually male or female. ... read more »

Diabetes and the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Women who have diabetes are at increased risk of complications in pregnancy, including increased risk of birth defects or fetal death. ... read more »

Congenital Hypertrichosis - Wolf Baby

The conditions manifest as hair growing all over the face and back of the body. This hair is not normal hair, but resembles more closely the fur on an animal's body. ... read more »

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