Australian Birth Defects Society

A Society devoted to the study of birth defects


Why Pregnant Moms Are Being Warned Not to Use Hair Spray

Café Mom 7 March, 2017

A recent article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public found a link between hypospadias and hair spray use. This article clearly attempts to put the results in perspective noting : "Moms barely know they're pregnant when the penis is developing," Cain points out. "You almost have to have a planned pregnancy to know."   and "We don't have enough data right now,"


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Hair Spray Is The Number One Cause Of Common Birth Defect In Boys

Counselheal 8 March, 2017

Reaffirms the conclusions and supports them by suggesting that the studies are supported by earlier studies linking hypospadias to maternal exposure in manufacturing plants or hairdressers.


Suit Claims Pesticides Caused Oxnard Boy's Birth Defects

KEYT 15 March, 2017

Mother claims that son born with hemifacial microsomia caused by pesticide exposure while strawberry picking.


In a follow-up to this case

May 23, 2017

The judge overseeing a pesticide birth defects case ruled Tuesday that records showing use of chemicals on an Oxnard-area farm cannot be considered as evidence because they're unreliable

Quick round-up of new related items that have appeared in newspapers and magazines.

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Pregorexia’ is fuelling body dissatisfaction, putting pregnant mum, bub at risk says experts

The Daily Telegraph June 3, 2017

THE rise in the craze of fit expectant mums posting “unrealistic” photos of sixpacks on top of their baby bumps has given birth to an emerging body image disorder


Yes, You Can Actually Still Drink Coffee While You're Pregnant

Popsugar 6 June 2017

A hotly debated topic for moms-to-be is whether drinking coffee is safe for you and baby. While admittedly there isn't a lot of research on this particular topic, the general advice is to err on the side of caution. However, this article puts things into a dose-response perspective, quoting that "Consuming caffeine in small doses during pregnancy is considered safe. Although there has been research showing that if you drink more than two cups, you could be at risk for miscarriage, most experts agree that less than 200 mg of caffeine a day is fine. That's about one cup of coffee," she said. The article also note, though, that you should make sure to know how many milligrams of caffeine are in your cup.


Don't Believe Anything This Bot Says About Pregnancy Nutrition

LifeHacker May 13, 2017

A warning on those ‘helpful’ apps.

"Are you expecting? Questions about food?” @CanIEatThisBot has tips from the FDA and Mayo Clinic. So the author asked about mushrooms; the response from the app was "Haaayyyllll naw 😵...Raw mushrooms are also a big no since they are carcinogenic". It turns out that the app makers say  "We're a technology company, not pregnancy experts," and their sources include the FDA, Mayo Clinic, and MomJunction, an Indian parenting website, for "more specific foods".