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Working during pregnancy: five minutes with . . . Margie Davenport

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 07 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5061
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Rotating shifts, fixed night shifts, and long hours can increase the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, research shows. One of the authors of the paper, Margie Davenport, talks about the findings

“I’m an exercise physiologist, and my background is in exercise during pregnancy. I was giving a presentation on it once, and afterwards a nurse asked me at what point during her pregnancy she should stop lifting patients and when to stop working long hours and rotating shifts. I hadn’t thought about it before, so we decided to take a look—and it turned out that there wasn’t a lot of information out there.

“We know from non-pregnant populations that shift …

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