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August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2)

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Nurses working while pregnant

There is no increased risk of low birth weight or preterm delivery for nurses working through pregnancy, compared with office employees working while pregnant; however, there is a higher risk of small-for gestational- age newborns. The study was part of the Finnish Prenatal Environment and Health Study and was based on pregnancy outcomes of 128 nurses and 559 office workers as the reference group. The adjusted odds ratio for small-for-gestational-age was 1.99 (95% confidence interval 1.10–3.59) indicating that working as a nurse during pregnancy can reduce foetal growth.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008; 50(5): 590–592

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2) pp38