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According to a study by Swansea University researchers, many physical and mental factors put mothers at risk of delivering a baby with low birth weight.
The researchers analyzed data from newborns in Wales between 1998 and 2018. The results revealed that women usually giving birth to more than one kid (such as twins or triplets) may have a low birth infant. Another reason highlighted was frequent pregnancies with less than one-year intervals.
Moreover, the scientists found that women with certain physical diseases and mental disorders, including gestational diabetes, depression, anxiety, or iron deficiency symptoms were more at risk of giving birth to babies with low weights.
Various other factors that have been established by researchers previously show that smoking, substance abuse, alcoholism, high pregnancy age (usually 35+ years), or stress is associated with low birth weights.
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