Some men abuse their partner for the first time when she becomes pregnant. The male may feel jealous of his partner’s focus on the pregnancy and the impending birth of their children. Five to twenty-five percent of pregnant women are battered. In just one hospital emergency room 21% of the pregnant women who arrived for treatment had been battered. Pregnant women who are battered are four times more likely to bear infants with low birth weight. The March of Dimes now recognizes that many birth defects result from abuse during pregnancy.
Some characteristics of a battered women:
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