Working in late pregnancy as bad as smoking?
Dr. Manny weighs in on new study
- Duration 3:25
- Date Aug 2, 2012
Dr. Manny weighs in on new study
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-- working in your last month of pregnancy.
As dangerous -- baby.
That's according to a new study it compared mothers who worked until they went to labor to moms who stopped working between six and eight months of pregnancy.
The babies born to the mothers who worked further into their pregnancy -- Weighed less by an average at -- half a pound.
And that's slightly more of a drop in weight than if a mother smokes after winning out -- as a member of Fox News medical eighteen senior managing editor -- help dot console while I was at eight.
Well look at this is as steady that it was they're published in in an economic -- so they're looking at the economy of the whole issue of of working moms.
You know from a scientific point of view they left a lot of things out you know they didn't take into account any kind of chronic medical diseases like high blood pressure cardiac disease diabetes and things like that.
So we don't know what the what the population really had on the -- on the -- It brings the question because I deliver babies and I could tell you I -- always get asked this question.
You know working -- is not bad as long as it doesn't have stress.
You know for a lot of women and I feel very bad for them -- this economic downturn especially in the last three or four years has been terrible.
So a lot of women have to work until the very last minute you know because they can make ends meet.
So that puts a lot of stress in them and -- stress you know -- you know lack of sleep anxiety but look at the rates of anxiety that I.
Compare let's say and I'm gonna bring up my sister in law which is really the dangerous thing to bring it here in -- on my television the word victory -- She has three little kids running around right and when I think at how much she works she's a stay at home mom compared to what I do every day.
And anxiety level that she could have -- and anxiety level that I can have I can think it would be more.
They -- a woman that's going into the office.
And that's true I mean there's a -- look -- at home moms with three kids running around that also is a lot of work for sure.
But there is the other side of the coin is that at least with that she can make your own schedule she has her own boss the pressures of working in corporate America today and -- You see a big difference all the women that work in the office -- -- in the navy can work from home or.
I choose to stay at home I.
I could I I could tell you that if I -- to -- my patience.
And over 90% will tell me please take me out of work.
Right the other -- -- grant and that at what well if they have there's medical indication.
But but you know -- the other 10% say you know what I don't know I enjoy my -- and that's great when they enjoy their work things are fine.
And also when you have a very brief the you know user friendly environment for a lot of women you know working -- is a hall -- environment.
-- bosses don't understand especially to have a male boss.
You know they need they they they don't know they don't take break.
This is trying to -- this something that really is the stress and -- really plays a significant and it actually really -- because the comparison was made to smoking and I want to be clear about this just because there's a similarity in baby weight write this not permission I don't women to smoke when -- pregnant not only that and I think this is an unfair comparison to have said that I mean I think that would trying to prove the point.
That when you smoke you have.
Small birth weight infants and now we did you work.
Now these so small birth weights but I don't think the comparisons fair that's good to know more on this at Fox -- -- -- dot com back to may thank you very few welcome.