Numbers Don't Lie

Monday, May 01, 2006

Working hours for pregnant women

Pregnant women shouldn't work more than 24 hours per week in a high-stress job, according to a Dutch research. Their study shows pregnant women who work more than 32 hours a week in a high stress job are more likely to have babies who cry excessively, children with low birthweight and are more at risk for the dangerous pregnancy condition called pre-eclampsia.



Anonymous suzie said...

The U.S. Airforce don't care about how long u work. i had 3 kids while i was in the military, had one miscarrage due to high stress as a cop.

9:39 PM

Blogger Mike said...

An additional stat for this post. The chance for having a gay kid doubles if the woman is under stress during her pregnancy. That's from Science82 magazine.

Also, have you ever taken the "geek test"? If not, it's at

10:36 PM

Blogger PRan said...

Well thats something to think about.
My wife is 24 weeks preganat & she works for more than 36hrs a week & ofcourse work is stressful being an anaesthetist. Well we'll have to wait & see wether the baby is a screamer.
Nice blog.
Keep up the good work...

2:48 AM

Anonymous P said...

I think this study could use some random assignment.

7:00 AM

Blogger RusticateGirl said...

I'm in luck. Pregnant and I work an average of 25 hours/week in a pleasant environment. Here's to a non-screaming kid, LOL!

7:20 PM

Blogger christine said...

i think this study is a crock of shit. maybe these stressed out women with demanding jobs are engaging in unhealthy stress relieving activities which could account for those results. or, maybe it's another common factor that is shared by these type of women. people need to be more discerning when it comes to scientific studies.

4:35 PM

Blogger kT said...

Stress does really crappy things to your body, so it's not a stretch to say that it is likely not all that good for unborn offspring. Isn't this just another "duh" kind of study?

6:13 AM


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