Troubling New Study On Working Pregnant Shows Why Flexible Jobs Matter
1:45 pm, June 28th | by Laura Donovan
Women who log in more than 25 hours of work per week while pregnant increase their chances of having smaller infants, according to new research in the journal, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. That’s not even the worst part: They grow into mutant pandas overtime. We kid, of course.
But if your job requires a lot of standing–like sales and teaching do–you’re a top candidate for this puzzling, possibly detrimental phenomenon. As noted by the Daily Mail, rigorous activity could reduce blood flow to the placenta, limiting the oxygen and nutrition levels that are supposed to go to the fetus. It’s unclear why those with sedentary professions would fall victim to this, but stress could very well be a contributing factor, as it pretty much exacerbates all problems.
Women shouldn’t necessary stop working entirely or go on bed rest when expecting, but this should tell employers that pregnant staffers need more flexibility in the months leading up to their child’s birth. It’s important to minimize time on one’s feet, as one of the researchers said “it is not known whether these very subtle changes in growth trajectory have any significance in the long term.”
Plus, why give your kid yet another excuse to resent you? A 38-year-old acquaintance of mine still berates his mother for choosing not to breastfeed him. The next generation of kids will try to pull the same nonsense with their career moms–let’s avoid the fights ahead of time by being aggressive with our bosses about pregnancy flexibility.