Birth Defect Causes
The devastation of a birth defect is made more difficult for some parents when they are unable to determine the cause. In certain cases, the defect can be traced to a hereditary abnormality, an event that took place during pregnancy or knowingly harmful behavior in which the mother engaged, such as recreational drug use. In the majority of situations, however, the cause of the baby’s birth defect remains unknown.
A growing body of research continues to link the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs during pregnancy to birth defects. The upside of these discoveries is that mothers-to-be could be warned of the drug’s dangerous effects for their unborn child. The downside is that many drug manufacturers do not warn consumers, doctors or the FDA of this research so that women can react to protect their children. Because of this lack of responsibility, many innocent babies are harmed by pharmaceutical exposure.
Click on any of the drugs below to learn more about the research linking them to birth defects: