Hereditary Birth Defects

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, itís important to be aware of the possibilities of having a child with a birth defect. Birth defects are abnormalities of the structure or function of a baby which can be both physical and mental.

Many birth defects are actually passed along from parents. In some instances only one parent needs to have the genetic defect in order to pass it along to the child in other cases both parents needs to. X-linked birth defects are passed from mothers to sons. These genetic defects affect only the X-chromosome.

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