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Do sexual partners of same blood group give birth to offspring with major health issues?s

Hi DOC, I am Simmi, from India. i want to to know that is it okay to marry a same blood group partner, specially O+ve. i ve seen some cases in which couples with same blood gruops, have their babies with major health problems. and their doctors told them that reason of these health problems, is same blood groups of parents. I am confused. What are the reasons of these health problems ??
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Dear Simmi

Thanks for posting your query here.

Major health problems in babies are not due to same blood group of their parents. It is usually due to problems with genes their parents are carrying. If both the parents are first-degree or second-degree relatives and both have minor DNA/Genetic problems, the baby gets the disease.

It is very advisable to get blood testing of both the potential partners before marrige especially looking to find out Thalessemia trait. If there are any other disease running in the family or unexplained early deaths, that also need to investigated so as to avoid child having such diseases.

Occasionally, despite all these precautions, babies are born with major health problems.

So, in summary, major health problems in children is not associated with same blood group.

Dr Tejas Shah
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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