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Which preposition is the one to use in this sentence?

  • It can have serious complications to both mothers and babies.
  • It can have serious complications with both mothers and babies.
  • It can have serious complications for both mothers and babies.
  • It can have serious complications on both mothers and babies.
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    Only prepositions "on" and "with" seem invalid here; the others are fine. You can have complications with something, not with someone. The most natural option would be "for".
    – Alex TheBN
    Commented Nov 19, 2020 at 16:22

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It seems to me that you are mixing two different idioms - to have consequences and to cause complications.

It can have serious consequences for both mothers and babies.

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It can cause serious complications for both mothers and babies.

In either case, "for" is correct.

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