Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Discovered How Your Job May Increase Your Risk of Miscarriage – Are You at Higher Risk?

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MISCARRIAGE is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks.

There are many reasons why this could happen and most are thought to be caused by abnormal chromosomes in the baby, according to the NHS.

But now researchers have found that the work you do could make a difference.

In an article in the Journal of Occupational Health, medical professionals in South Korea examined the risks of three adverse outcomes of pregnancy.

These included miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and molar pregnancies (when there is a problem with the fertilized egg).

They also examined “no live birth records,” which included stillbirths.

Overall, the risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and molar pregnancy was higher in non-working women than in working women, while working women were more likely to have non-live births.

In terms of the types of jobs these women were employed in, the experts found that those in health and social care were at the highest risk of stillbirth.

Risk was also higher among those working in manufacturing, wholesale/retail, education, and public/social/personal services occupations.

Occupations in manufacturing and health/social care were associated with a higher risk of early miscarriage, such as miscarriage, than those who worked in finance and insurance occupations.

Around 500 babies a day miscarried in the UK in 2020, according to data from aid organization Tommy’s, which supports baby losses.

Miscarriages are more common than most people realize, and among people who know they are pregnant, about one in eight pregnancies ends in miscarriage.

A study published in February 2022 found that black women have a 40 percent higher risk of miscarriage than white women.

Experts say why that is – there are many possibilities.

These include that black and Asian women are more likely to have gestational diabetes and therefore may have higher blood sugar levels in early pregnancy.

It could also be due to the balance of bacteria in the vagina, which can vary between different ethnicities.

Many more happen before a woman realizes she is pregnant, according to the NHS.

The NHS states that in most cases a miscarriage is a one-off event and most people will have a successful pregnancy in the future.

Most cannot be prevented and there are some things you can do to reduce the risk.

This includes avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use during pregnancy.

The guidelines also say that maintaining a healthy pre-pregnancy weight, eating a healthy diet, and reducing the risk of infection can also help.

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