The Risk Of Inter-family Marriage On Children’s Health?
Hello. I am a 21 year old woman and plan to marry a cousin. Precisely the son of my father’s brother. What I want to ask, is that marriage to a cousin has a high likelihood that children born will be disabled? Do you have to do a health check first? if I want to consult further, where can I consult? Obstetricians? Please explain. Thank you
Hello Khazanah, thank you for asking the HealthReplies.com team.
Marriage is a sacred thing done by men and women of adult age. Inter-family marriages, for example with cousins from fathers, are known to be more at risk of having offspring with physical and mental health disorders. The disorder can be in the form of physical disability, autoimmune diseases, mental disorders, to the risk of stillbirth. However, not all children born from inter-cousin marriages will experience these health problems, it's just more risky when compared to marriages without previous family ties. This is due to the same genetic structure in the family so that there is a risk of abnormalities in children's health. It is best to consult an obstetrician before marriage for a pramarital checkup. This examination aims to see and assess health risks that may be able to ditururkan or transmitted between partners so that dangerous risks can be alerted.
Thus, hopefully it helps,