There is yet another new study that will surely frighten some and make others just roll their eyes. According to a new report from the University of Essex, mothers-to-be who work into their eighth month are doing as much harm to their babies as if they engaged in known harmful activities like smoking.
The researchers used data from two studies in the United Kingdom and one from the United States. They found that mothers who worked late into their pregnancy as well as mothers who smoked both had babies that weighed less at birth. The babies reportedly developed slower in the womb. The Guardian notes that the effects may have longer-lasting issues than just being smaller at birth. “Past research has shown babies with low birth weights are at higher risk of poor health and slow development, and may suffer from a variety of problems later in life.”
The study found that stopping work earlier was particularly beneficial for women who have lower levels of education, making the assumption that they hold more physically demanding jobs, which could have an intense impact on the women’s bodies and babies.
Do you think there is something to this study or do you think a woman’s body is more than able to deal with working and being pregnant at the same time?