11 Weird Birth Defects Every Parent Needs To Know About 11 Weird Birth Defects Every Parent Needs To Know About
The one thing parents hope for when they find out they’re expecting is for a healthy child. And, with the power of modern medicine... 11 Weird Birth Defects Every Parent Needs To Know About

The one thing parents hope for when they find out they’re expecting is for a healthy child. And, with the power of modern medicine and all the research that has gone into prenatal health, the vast majority of pregnancies do result in healthy births.

However, in some sad cases, the dream of becoming a parent can quickly slide into the realm of nightmares. The processes happening inside the womb are incredibly complex; it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. The forces of genetics are powered up, and nutrition, environment, and the mother’s health can all have an impact on growth. And when the growth of a fetus goes wrong, the results can be nothing short of tragic.

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1. Polydactyly

Put plainly, it’s having extra fingers or toes. Usually, if it’s small, the extra digit gets removed early, but sometimes it’s a well-formed, useful extra and there’s no need to remove it.

1. Polydactyly
via reddit / arbili

2. Ectrodactyly

With this malformation, the hands or feet are split. It’s sometimes crudely referred to as “lobster claw” hands.

2. Ectrodactyly
via America Pink

3. Conjoined twins

When the embryo only splits in part, the resulting twins remain physically connected, and conjoined twins are born. Depending on where and by how much the twins are connected, they might be able to be separated after birth.

3. Conjoined twins
via Mayo Clinic

4. Hypertrichosis

This condition causes hair to grow all over the body, leading to many sufferers being referred to as “werewolves” or “wolf girl” or “wolf boy”.

4. Hypertrichosis
viaOdd Culture.com

5. Fused limbs

There have been few cases, but this rare disorder — officially called sirenomelia, and less officially called mermaid syndrome — causes the legs to fuse together. Not only is mermaid syndrome rare, but the cases in which the babies are carried to term are even rarer.

5. Fused limbs
viaDaily Mail

6. Progeria

You might have seen this before and know it as the “premature aging” disorder.Progeria doesn’t show up at birth, but within the first couple of years children with this condition will age rapidly. Most have a life expectancy of about 13 years.

6. Progeria
viaepiehonorsbiology

7. Vestigial tail

Humans born with tails are rare, and the tails are purely cosmetic and easily removed.

7. Vestigial tail
via DeviantArt / lessthanhuman

8. Fetus in fetu

In this rare condition, the embryo splits into twins, but one twin is inside the body of the other.

8. Fetus in fetu
via Hong Kong Medical Journal / Medical Daily

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9. Craniopagus parasiticus

This exceedingly — and fortunately — rare defect occurs in a case of incomplete twins. In the case ofEgyptian Manar Maged, pictured below, the incomplete twin could blink and smile, but could not survive on its own.

9. Craniopagus parasiticus
viaSnopes

10. Cyclopia

In extremely rare cases, a fetus’s eyes will fail to develop separately. Fetuses with cyclopia do not survive.

10. Cyclopia
via Europics/slaati.com / Daily Mail

11. Anencephaly

A fetus with anencephaly doesn’t develop the neural tube as it normally would, and so it’s born without parts of the brain and skull. The CDC estimates three in every 10,000 pregnancies will have anencephaly. Almost all babies born with this condition will die soon after birth.

11. Anencephaly
viaCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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  • TriShauna Thorne

    2017-01-09 #1 Author

    This is so sad ?

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  • Latrice johnson

    2017-01-09 #2 Author

    Praying you baby boy

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  • Londyn Simone

    2017-01-09 #3 Author

    Wow . Very informative and interesting article .

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  • Laporcha Gilmore

    2017-01-10 #4 Author

    This is very informative but so scary, praying for the little ones that come across these defects

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  • Jarnell Valentine

    2017-01-10 #5 Author

    I had no idea, learn new things everyday

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  • Jarnell Valentine

    2017-01-10 #6 Author

    I had no idea , learn new things everyday

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  • Chakira Richardson

    2017-01-10 #7 Author

    Wow this is so sad. I never even knew of this can happen during pregnancy. I can say that I am so blessed to have a healthy baby boy. Wow

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  • Jay Techie

    2017-01-12 #8 Author

    There are many more which to say you are blessed to just have to read about them.

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  • Santorya

    2017-01-15 #9 Author

    This is hurt my heart to see this, I have a friend who is going through this and I really feel bad for her. She was happy until she found out that her baby wasn’t going to survive

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  • nelby yajaira paz

    2017-01-21 #10 Author

    this a problem very important in the actuality and this depend since the pregnancy, because the womens are not have the precautions during the pregnancy and they dont think the differents efects that their babys have when born

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