Your Baby May Be At An Increased Risk Of Birth Defects If You Have ART.
According to findings that came out of a study at Maternity Port Royal hospital in Paris, babies born to couples...
According to findings that came out of a study at Maternity Port Royal hospital in Paris, babies born to couples who have had fertility treatment have a greater risk of being born with birth abnormalities or defects. Researchers involved with the study note that doctors should be prepared to warn potential parents about these risks. Clinical geneticist Geraldine Viot notes that the risk of birth defects may be twice as common in babies conceived via assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments as they are in babies conceived naturally. If you're undergoing ART, how worried should you be? The study found major congenital malformation (or birth defects) in 4.24% of ART children, which is double the rate seen in the general population of babies. So, while the rates are higher, they're not incredibly high, and it's probably not necessary to freak out. Concern however, is normal and doctors should bring up this issue with potential parents. If your doctor hasn't launched this topic, you should bring it up so you know all the risks involved if you're going through ART. You may also want to read:
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