Pregnant women are more likely to miscarry during the summer months, a new US study has revealed
The study was carried out by researchers at Boston University who have revealed they studied and tracked 6,000 women in the US over an eight-year period.
The analysis showed that miscarriages peaked in the summer months of June, July, and August, and the highest seasonal difference was logged in August when miscarriages were 44 percent higher than in February.
Researchers believe one reason for the rise in the summer months could be down to something as simple as extreme heat and possible lifestyle factors, but further investigation was needed to determine exactly why this is.
Lead author of the report, Dr Amelia Wesselink said: “We found miscarriage risk, particularly risk of early miscarriage before eight weeks of gestation, was highest in the summer.
“Heat is associated with a higher risk of other pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm delivery, low birthrate, and stillbirth, in particular.
“Medical guidance and public health messaging – including heat action plans and climate adaption policies – need to consider the potential effects of heat on the health of pregnant people and their babies.”
The findings have been published in The Epidemiology.
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