The Leading Causes of Birth Defects
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Amy Barczy is a brand journalist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and writes for AHealthierMichigan.org and MIBluesPerspectives.com. Prior to joining Blue Cross, she was a statewide news reporter for MLive.com. She has a decade of storytelling experience in local news media markets including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Ann Arbor and Port Huron.
- Genes: traits passed down from one generation to the next can affect risk of birth defects.
- Behaviors: smoking, drinking, taking certain illicit drugs; taking certain prescription medications
- Medical conditions: obesity and uncontrolled diabetes
- Infections and illnesses: having a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or having an infection including Zika virus or cytomegalovirus
- Environmental exposures to toxic chemicals or pollutants
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