Australian Birth Defects Society

A Society devoted to the study of birth defects

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· Sweet or Sour ? Artificial sweetener safety during pregnancy [November 2017]

· Managing Anxiety during pregnancy [October 2017]

· A closer look at controlling Cholesterol during pregnancy [February 2017]

· The cat can stay: debunking myths about Toxoplasmosis [January 2017]

· Vaping during pregnancy [January 2016]


Teratogen Updates

· Genetic mutations cause many birth defects [June 2015]


New Factsheets at Mothersafe

· Haemorrhoids [March 2017]

· Head Lice and Scabies [September 2016]

· Cold sores [April 2016]

· Dental treatment [May 2016]

· Omega 3 fats [March 2016]

· Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy [March 2016]

· Skin care, hair care and cosmetic treatments [September 2015]

· Herbal Medicines [March 2015]

· Smoking cessation and nicotine replacement therapy [Nov 2014]


Updated Factsheets at Mothersafe

· Influenza vaccination [March 2017]

· Hayfever [March 2016]

· Whooping cough vaccination

· Common cold [May 2015]


Dietary Iodine in pregnancy


European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS)

· No increased risk with ACE inhibitor exposure during first trimester [February 2017]

· No increased risk of major congenital malformation with exposure to varenicline. [January 2017]

· First trimester exposure to Methylphenidate  is not associated with increased risk of congenital malformations. [October 2016]

· Zika review of US cases .  JAMA. 2017;317(1):59-68


Page updated 5 December 2017