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Women working in extreme heat are at double the risk of stillbirth

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Women working in extreme heat are at double the risk of stillbirth

Pregnant women working in extreme heat can double the risk of stillbirth and miscarriage. Recently, a new study in India has revealed this information. The research was published by the BBC.

The risk in pregnant women is significantly higher than previously thought, the study found. Researchers say extreme heat can affect not only women in tropical regions, but also women in countries like the UK. Therefore, researchers have recommended specific health tests for working pregnant women worldwide.

The research was initiated in 2017 by Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER) in Chennai, India. 800 pregnant women from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu participated in the study.

Half of the women who took part in the study worked in workplaces where they were exposed to high temperatures and extreme heat. Among these are farming, brick kilns or work on the vast salt flats. The rest of the women who participated in the study worked in cold environments such as schools and hospitals. Some of the workers had to be exposed to extreme heat in these jobs as well.

One of the scientists contributing to the research is Professor Jane Hirst. He said, ‘The effect of heat on one’s body is relative. It depends on how much heat one is used to or how much heat tolerance one has.’

Overall, however, the study found that women who worked in hot environments were twice as likely to suffer a stillbirth or miscarriage than women who worked in cool environments.

A BBC report has highlighted the comparative risk of women working in cold and hot environments. It showed that the abortion rate of women working in extreme heat is 5 percent, the rate of premature birth is 6.1 percent. The rate of child underweight is 8.4 percent. And in case of women working in cold environment, this risk is 2 percent, 2.6 percent and 4.5 percent respectively.



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