A new study conducted in the Netherlands suggests that standing for long hours may be connected to the poor growth of an infant during pregnancy.
For the study, researchers looked at women who stood for long hours for work or other reasons. On average, these women birthed babies that had heads that were 1 centimetre smaller than the average baby’s head circumference.
There was another interesting finding that was highlighted in this study. Women who worked over 25 hours per week tended to have babies that weighed (on average) five to seven ounces less than babies from mothers who worked less than 25 hours per week.
Studies conducted previously showed connections between long work hours and:
- Low birth weight
- Premature Birth
- Birth Defects
However, this recent study did not find any connection between standing and any of these complications. It seems that they’re only related to working long hours, whether standing or sitting.
Among the jobs that required the most standing were teaching, childcare and sales positions.
The study did not measure stress as a factor.
Since this study was conducted in the Netherlands, it would be advisable to try to replicate these results in studies performed in other countries.