Low birthweight, preterm delivery linked to occupational factors

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Study findings suggest that exposure to occupational factors such as a temporary work contract, long working hours, shift work, and physical demands during pregnancy increase the risk for low birthweight and preterm delivery.

... Physical work demands significantly predicted low birthweight (≤2,500 g), while having a temporary contract predicted preterm delivery, with corresponding odds ratios (OR) of 4.32 and 4.58, respectively.

Working long hours or doing shift work were associated with a birthweight of 3,000 g or less, but not significantly.

... “This study underlines that more attention should be given to women’s working conditions during pregnancy,” said lead study author Isabelle Niedhammer (University college Dublin, Ireland).

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