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  • A birth defect, also called a ‘congenital anomaly’, ‘congenital malformation’, ‘congenital abnormality’ or ‘congenital disorder’ is any abnormality occurring before birth. Birth defects are usually detected during pregnancy, at birth or in early childhood.
  • Birth defects can be major or minor.
  • Most birth defects are structural (how the body is built) or functional (how the body works) or both.
  • Although the cause of many birth defects is unknown, there are things you can do to increase the chance of having a healthy baby.

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Reviewed on: 20-12-2018