Recent research finds link between exposure to violence during early pregnancy and increased risk of premature birth and low birth rate. The study conducted by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London and the University of Leicester with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank examined expecting mothers exposure to day-to-day violence in Brazil to find its effect on the birthweight of their children. The team found that a mother being exposed to a homicide had the greatest effect on the birthweight of their children. Researchers are attempting to explain the link as being the result of stress affecting both the mother and her unborn child and that violence is likely to negatively affect the birthweight and health of the child.

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Exposure to violence during pregnancy increases risk of prematurity and low birthweight, research suggests

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