Link Between Night Shift Work and Miscarriage

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Luise Mølenberg BegtrupInstitute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern Denmark | SDU

Luise Mølenberg Begtrup

Luise Mølenberg Begtrup
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: There are indications that working fixed night shifts is associated with a higher risk of miscarriage.

Since many women work rotating shifts including night shifts, we were interested in examining the association between the amount of night work and miscarriage. We were able to do this by use of detailed exposure data based on payroll data.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Women who work two or more night shifts in one week may have a greater risk of clinical spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) the following week.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Working pregnant women and their employers should think about the amount of night shifts the pregnant women have in the beginning of the pregnancy 

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: There is a need for independent replication of our findings in other studies based upon comprehensive exposure information and for studies addressing biological mechanisms. 

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

Luise Moelenberg Begtrup, Ina Olmer Specht, Paula Edeusa Cristina Hammer, Esben Meulengracht Flachs, Anne Helene Garde, Johnni Hansen, Åse Marie Hansen, Henrik Albert Kolstad, Ann Dyreborg Larsen, Jens Peter Bonde. Night work and miscarriage: a Danish nationwide register-based cohort study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2019 DOI: 10.1136/oemed-2018-105592

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