It’s hard to escape our pasts. Past trauma often leaves people fractured in some way, either physically or emotionally. And now there is a new study that childhood trauma can trickle down to the next generation.
According to new research, women who experienced abuse in childhood are at higher risk of giving birth to a low birth weight baby (a newborn that weighs less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces.)
In addition, women who faced poverty during childhood and substance abuse during their teenage years (as well as abusing drugs in pregnancy) are at increased risk of having low birth weight babies. [click to continue…]