Study Results Relating To Working Moms
Working outside the home during late pregnancy increases blood pressure and may help predict a woman's risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension, according to Australian researchers in a study in the March 2001 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Researchers studied blood pressure readings of women during late pregnancy while they were at work and at home with portable blood pressure monitors. The magnitude of the increase in blood pressure while at work compared to home was a significant predictor of whether the pregnant woman developed pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Hypertension in pregnancy is a serious health threat to both the mother and her fetus.