Physically Demanding Work May Lead to Pregnancy Problems
Physically taxing work conditions can increase the risk of a woman having
problems with pregnancy, such as preterm birth, babies that are small for
gestational age, and high blood pressure or preeclampsia.
Work conditions that were associated with these problems included prolonged
standing, heavy lifting, and shift work, but working long hours did not show an
Preterm birth can cause major long-term problems in children, so women may
want to consider modifying lifestyle factors on the job and employers may want
to implement better maternity leave policies.