what causes a cleft palate? so sorry to hear your 1st born was born into so many problems, did the doctors tell you there was anything you could have done to avoid all this?
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what causes a cleft palate sometimes its genes (though genetic counselling ruled this out for us)and most often it is an exposure to chemicals/toxins that prevent normal cell growth in this case resulting in the roof of the mouth being absent. Once you have had a child with a birth defect the chances of that happening again increase significantly. I was just told to avoid all chemicals whether it be cleaning products or hair dye. I don't use makeup or perfume either. I was told to be careful of 'natural' products to as your body can still see them as a toxin. Doing these things is particularly important during your TWW and the 1st trimester when most cell growth occurs.