28 June 2012
Women who stand for long periods of time during their pregnancy are likely to give birth to smaller babies than the norm.
This is according to new research which has been published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which studied 4,680 mothers-to-be.
All of the females were monitored from early pregnancy, with factors such as their work conditions and the physical demands required in their jobs taken into account.
The research highlighted that women who were on their feet for long periods of time gave birth to babies with head circumferences which were on average 0.4 inches smaller than a normal baby.
"Long periods of standing and long working hours per week during pregnancy seem to negatively influence intrauterine growth," the study's authors stated.
Gail Johnson, education and professional development adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, was keen to point out that the research did not highlight any adverse outcomes.
However, she did advise: "It is important for women to discuss with their employer any concerns they have around their jobs so that a solution to any problems … can be found."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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