Birth Defects

Birth defects are often the result of genetic and environmental factors, but the causes of well over half of all birth defects are currently unknown. Here you'll learn about the risks, treatment, and management of various birth defects.

Zika Virus: Everything Pregnant Women Should Know

This mosquito-borne illness can threaten your unborn baby's health. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus.

9 Birth Defects and Their Symptoms and Treatments

Here's a primer on nine of the most common birth defects: their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment.

The Zika Virus: What Pregnant Women Need to Know Now

The CDC may soon advise pregnant women not to travel to places where transmission of the Zika virus has been detected.

An Expectant Parent's Guide to Spina Bifida

If you've just been told that your pregnancy is affected by Spina Bifida, here's what you need to know about your pregnancy and your child's health.

CDC Issues New Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women and Couples TTC

These guidelines are the first to address how long a couple should wait to TTC after exposure (or possible exposure) to the Zika virus.

Zika News: The Virus Could Be Transmitted via Saliva

A new report suggests Zika can be contracted through oral sex and maybe even deep kissing.

Warning: Popular Pain and Anti-Anxiety Drug Linked to Birth Defects

The anti-anxiety and nerve pain prescription drug Lyrica increases the risk of birth defects, according to a new study.

The Zika Virus: Breaking Down the Latest Developments

Here's the latest update on the Zika virus and what pregnant women can do to protect themselves.

The Latest on Zika: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

There's some encouraging news about Zika on the horizon.

Baby Care Basics: When a Baby Has a Birth Defect

If your baby has a birth defect, there are many organzations that can help you care for your bundle of joy. Learn more about how to cope emotionally and the resources that are available to you.

Zika Virus: An Ob-Gyn Answers Our Questions

Zika: There's no avoiding the topicespecially if you're pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points sat down with Dr. Siobhan Dolan to talk about the virus.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Linked to 428 Other Medical Conditions, Study Says

Need more evidence drinking during pregnancy is bad for baby? This ought to do it.

Birth Control Pills Don't Cause Birth Defects, Study Says

Just stopped taking The Pill and TTC? No worries!

Wow! A Developing Fetus Could Heal Itself of Birth Defects

Abnormalities detected in early embryos are not a sure sign a baby will be born with a birth defect.

Study Confirms Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage in Developing Babies

Zika does cause brain damage in developing babies, but not enough people know this or other key facts about the virus.

No Doubt Remains That Zika Causes Birth Defects

"There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

Knit a Little Red Hat to Raise Awareness About Congenital Heart Defects

Join the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts project to raise awareness about congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the U.S.