Premmies more likely for dads with poor mental health

World-first Aussie study shows men who have depression and anxiety as teens are at higher risk of having a premature baby

Men who experience mental health problems in their teens and young adulthood are more than six times more likely to father a baby who is born prematurely, Australian researchers report.

The impact is seen even if the father experienced symptoms years before conception, according to the world-first study led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.

Men who had symptoms of common mental disorders in both adolescence and young adulthood had a 17% risk of fathering a premature baby, compared to a 2% risk for other men

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