Chromosomal abnormalities, alcohol use during pregnancy and environmental factors are all potential causes of birth defects. A birth defect is a problem with the formation of body parts, how the body parts work or how th... More »

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The major types of birth defects are structural and functional, according to MedicineNet. Structural defects cause physical abnormalities, such as a cleft palate, while functional defects interfere with how an organ or b... More »

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Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cleft lip, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy are some types of birth defects, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. More »

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According to Mayo Clinic, chickenpox that occurs early in pregnancy may result in low birth weight and birth defects, such as limb abnormalities. Chickenpox can be more dangerous to a baby when the mother gets it the wee... More »

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Hot tub use during pregnancy is not advisable as it may cause hyperthermia, an unusually high body temperature that increases the risk of birth defects in babies, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The safe... More »

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The major types of birth defects are structural and functional, according to MedicineNet. Structural defects cause physical abnormalities, such as a cleft palate, while functional defects interfere with how an organ or b... More »

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Conditions such as cancer and diabetes; use of tobacco and alcohol; increase in hormones due to pregnancy, menstruation, menopause and oral birth control pills; and mouth ulcers, gum disease, gingivitis and canker sores ... More »

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