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I'd like to have children but i'm scared they turn out mentally retarded because my mom married her 2nd degree cousin, which means my kids will probably have mental issues...

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  • Yeah the way it goes is normal people have a 5% chance of a problem with a baby. Insest is about 9%+ (+ being if inbreeding took place in another generation.) So if you have a kid as long as it is not with a cousin or sibling the chance goes back to roughly 5% because you didn't have any problems when inbred.

  • 1st cousins relationship are only 2.5% to 4% more likely to have children with genetical disorders than the general population. Your mother married a 2nd degree cousin, so you are about as "clean" as anyone else as far as your gene goes. If you don't marry anyone in your expanded family the chances of having children with disorders are the same as the general population. You are fine.

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