Pregnancy And Work - pregnancy work restriction

If you work with certain chemicals, lead, an aesthetics or X-rays, this may involve a risk to your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor about it. It was suggested that computers, VDU's (visual display units) and copying machines gave off harmful rays, but there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they present any risk to pregnant women or their babies.

There have been a number of quite large research studies on VDUs, none of which have identified a risk. Studies on 4000 women who experienced miscarriage 30,000 women who did not have shown there was no link between miscarriage in pregnancy and VDU exposure. Other studies on over 1500 women who delivered small babies and 30,000 who delivered normal-sized babies have likewise identified that there is no link between VDU exposure and low birth weight.

Work place relevancy when trying to concieve

If you or your partner has a job that involves working with chemicals, lead, anaesthetics or X-rays, this may affect your chances of conceiving or involve a risk to your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned.

Other large studies have looked at whether VDUs might be linked to abnormality or premature birth, but again no link was found. So if you work with a VDU, there is no need to be concerned or to take any special precaution when you are pregnant.

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