What Causes Cleft Lip and Palate During Pregnancy?

What Causes Cleft Lip and Palate During Pregnancy?

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The exact cause of cleft lip and palate are unknown. However, they can be very detrimental to a baby. Cleft lip and palate occur when there are malformations in the facial and oral area of the baby. These areas are formed early on in a pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The dangers of cleft lip and palate are that the baby may not have the ability to nurse as needed in order to stay healthy. This can cause them to not grow properly and can affect their overall health. While it is difficult to determine why cleft lip and palate develop during pregnancy, there are some things that can be done to prevent it.

Since they develop early on in a pregnancy, it is believed that a lack of folic acid can be one of the reasons that babies develop this condition. Because of this, women are suggested to take folic acid, especially during the first few months of pregnancy.

Living a healthy lifestyle and discussing medications that you are taking with your doctor is also suggested. Some medications have been linked to this condition and many women must find alternate treatments for certain conditions while they are pregnant. Staying healthy by eating healthy foods and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes is also the best option.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).