Aug 8, 2019
Packing up and moving to a new home during your first 3 months of pregnancy can harm your developing baby. Epidemiologists at the University of Washington report an association of such a transition with a heightened risk of pre-term birth and a low birth weight.
Their study of more than 28,000 women revealed a 42% higher risk of birthing a premie and a 37% higher risk of a low birth weight. Previous studies have shown that acute stress from natural disasters, familial death, and job loss has a negative impact on neonatal health particularly when it occurs during the first trimester.
If you are planning an addition to your family that will necessitate more living space, either move before you conceive or wait until the child is born. This study once again underscores the sacroscant nature of the fetus’ first 90 days during which time it is most sensitive to the physical and emotional stress of the mother.
Julia C Bond, Amanda L Mancenido, Divya M Patil, Seth S Rowley, Jack Goldberg, Alyson J Littman. Residence change during the first trimester of pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2019; jech-2018-211937 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2018-211937
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