Mothers Health Babys Risks

Risks for a child can be caused by maternal age (a mother who is older or an adolescent), obesity or malnutrition, high blood pressure, or any number of infectious diseases. Low birth weight, which puts a newborn at a higher risk for complications due to underdeveloped organs and body systems, has been linked to the mother's use of nicotine, alcohol, and both illegal and certain prescription drugs during pregnancy.


A father's health can bring risks to a baby, too. Studies of men in a variety of occupations reveal that prolonged exposure to radiation, anesthetic gases, and other toxic chemicals can alter a father's chromosomes, increasing the risk of miscarriage or genetic defects. And even if the mother doesn't drink alcohol or use drugs, a father who is a heavy drinker or drug user is linked to lower weight newborns. Apparently substances such as cocaine can bind directly to live sperm and cause mutations in them.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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