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Domestic abuse during pregnancy

It is a sad fact that domestic abuse can increase or begin during pregnancy.

The abuser may prevent mum-to-be from attending ante-natal care and medical appointments.

What are the physical affects of abuse during pregnancy?

  • miscarriage
  • still birth 
  • bleeding from the birth canal and vagina 
  • waters may be broken prematurely 
  • foetal bruising and fractures
  • premature labour 
  • insufficient weight gain and low birth weights 
  • vaginal, cervical and kidney infections.

Mum-to-be may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping which will have a bad effect on the unborn child.

Last updated: 09/03/2021 12:31