(WTNH)– A new study is shining a light on the dangers of running a high fever during early pregnancy. The study finds that high temperature itself can lead to birth defects, separate from the underlying infection.
The fever impacts both the fetus’s heart and jaw during the first three to eight weeks of pregnancy, but the doctors behind the study say knowing this is good, because fever-associated defects are preventable.
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It could be even as simple as taking over-the-counter medication, like acetaminophen.