Frequent sleep in pregnant women is a sign of underweight in the unborn child24.05.2022
Chinese scientists have found that the more the expectant mother sleeps during pregnancy, the lower the weight of the baby can be born, Reuters news agency reports. Expert Lulu Song and colleagues from Huazhong University of Science and Technology analyzed information from more than 10,000 women who participated in the study. It was held in China in 2012-2014. The group included 442 mothers whose children were born with a lack of weight.
The authors published their findings in the journal Sleep Medicine, noting that expectant mothers who sleep even half an hour during the day have a 7% higher risk of having a baby with a deficit of weight than those who do not sleep at all. At the same time, the scientists emphasized that the study was not a controlled experiment. Therefore, the results cannot officially testify to how the habits of pregnant mothers affect the weight of the child.
Dr. Ghada Bourjeily , a sleep researcher at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, who was not involved in the study, commented on the colleagues’ work. “Low birth weight is one of the adverse outcomes of pregnancy,” said the expert. “Sleep, its quality and duration are becoming risk factors for various perinatal complications.”
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