Studies have shown that women who suffer sexual abuse as children have a greater risk of high-risk pregnancy later in life.

“Even when a woman willingly and happily commences a pregnancy, it seems that the body relates the sexual act that created the pregnancy with the abuse trauma, evoking negative feelings which can then be expressed in physical and gynecological problems,” said Rachel Lev-Wiesel of the University of Haifa.

Studies show that women who were abused as children suffer higher levels of depression and post-traumatic symptoms during pregnancy.