Pregnant Women Working In Night Shifts At Higher Miscarriage Risk
A new study throws light on the night working hours for pregnant women. As per the report, pregnant women who do at least 2 night shifts in a week have higher chances of miscarriage the next week.
According to the main author of the study, Dr. Luise Molenberg Begtrup, these women are exposed to light during night when working. This brings an alteration to the circadian rhythm which in turn brings a reduction in the amount of melatonin. She provided all these information via an email. Melatonin is an important factor for female health during pregnancy. The element is known to support the placenta functionality. Begtrup is working as a researcher at the Bispebjerg & Frederiksberg Hospital. While researching at the department of occupational & environmental medicine she and her colleagues took a deep look at the pregnancy results. They went through 22,744 reports of pregnant ladies who were employed at the public department. These women were employed at the Danish hospitals.
They took out data of the women from the birth register of the hospital. Reports of 10, 047 pregnant ladies were inspected. They had done 3 weeks of night shifts in their 21 weeks of pregnancy. Out of these, 740 ladies faced miscarriage. Another list of 12, 697 pregnant ladies were inspected. They did not do night shifts during their pregnancy. There were 1149 miscarriages. The other factors which were taken into consideration during this research are age of the mother, BMI (Body Mass Index), smoking, previous birth number, the number of miscarriages they have already faced and their socio- economic status. The end result of the research was, women who did night shifts for 2-3 days in a week had a high rate of 32% miscarriage. Women who did approximately 26 night shifts between 4-22 weeks of pregnancy had 2- times higher risks of miscarriages.