How Can A Birth Defect Be Ruled Out During Early Pregnancy?
Regular antenatal check ups would clear all apprehensions
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I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Let me assure you that you have no reason to worry. Firstly, your mother-in-law gave birth to more than one healthy children and each of them (including your husband, and you) have given birth to children, all of whom are healthy. Birth asphyxia is an unfortunate condition which can occur due to oxygen deprivation before, during or after birth. Although it can have genetic causes, you can rest assured that such genetic factors would not have been able to lay hidden without being manifested somewhere in the family. In other words, the risk in case of your daughter-in-law is practically no more than that in anybody else in the general population. Furthermore, a proper series of antenatal checkup with fetal ultrasonography and other tests will help in ruling out any risk that may remain. In short, you have no reasons to worry.
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No need to worry
The mentioned presentations in the poor child were all sequel of birth asphyxia. Sometime a similar presentation can be obtained when there are developmental deformities involving the brain. But had such a thing been present, it such a thing would have manifested in other family members. Since that is not the case, you have no reasons to worry. I do not see the significance of a genetic testing unless fetal anomaly scan reveals any deformities.
Autism is a complex disorder that often has no clearly discernible cause. But in some cases, a person carries a genetic variant that is a known risk factor for autism. Genetic testing can reveal these factors. Discuss with the obstetrician and he would be able to guide you further.