14/01/2005

Night shift work in pregnancy

A new study of pregnant Danish workers has concluded that regularly working
night shifts is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage late in
pregnancy or stillbirth.

The study focused on more than 40,000 Danish women who worked during pregnancy
and found that those who consistently worked the night shift were 85% more
likely than daytime workers to suffer a miscarriage relatively late in
pregnancy or have a stillbirth.

The study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM)
found that no high risk of foetal loss was seen for other types of shift work.


Similarly, job stress, as measured in the study, was not found to be associated
with foetal loss.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work