• Question: What is the most dangerous thing to an unborn baby?

    Asked by Mattdat rm15 to Lucy on 19 Jun 2018.
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      Lucy Green answered on 19 Jun 2018:

      I think this is a great question but really tricky thing to answer. Probably the biggest danger is something terrible happening to the mother since the baby is reliant on her for food and oxygen. But the whole process of development is important and there are lots of steps at which things could go wrong… a defect in the genetic code of the baby could be fatal, the food it gets, a disease (un-treated diabetes in the mum)… it is dangerous but many many babies are born just fine … that is an awesome feat of biology!
      Take a deeper look here maybe https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/high-risk/conditioninfo/factors