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New Study Shows Standing Leads to Smaller Babies!

Posted by Alissa Robson

It may be time to take a ‘stand’ on pregnancy in the workplace – a new study shows that standing for long periods of time can affect fetal growth.

The study, which was published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, included 4,680 women and monitored their pregnancies from the earliest stages. It was found that women who worked jobs that involved spending a lot of time standing actually had babies with heads that were smaller than the norm in circumference by an average of 0.4 inches (or 1 cm).

The amount of time worked was also a factor, as women who worked more than 40 hours a week had smaller babies overall than those who worked 25 hours or less. The babies were smaller not only in head size but also in their weight, which was on average 6.4 oz. lower in women who worked the 40-hour weeks.

It’s important to emphasize that while these results do show a correlation between hours on your feet and fetal development, health care professionals are quick to point out that there doesn’t appear to be a serious negative impact on fetal development overall.

“Whilst the finding suggests that there is some difference in the head circumference of babies born to women who stand for long periods, this does not seem to be associated with adverse outcomes,” Gail Johnson, an education and professional development advisor at the Royal College of Midwives said, but added, “It is important for women to discuss with their employer any concerns they have around their jobs so that a solution to any problems – such as standing for long periods – can be found.”

Researchers involved in the study also concluded that, despite their findings, there does not seem to be any danger for women working up to 36 weeks in pregnancy.

Hey, ask any pregnant woman out there, any excuse to get off your feet during pregnancy is a good one! We hope that as studies like these emerge, employers and pregnant women will be able to work together to create comfortable, yet productive, working environments.

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