ABC News - "Working Up Until Due Date May Affect Baby's Health"
Women are advised to give up smoking while pregnant, as it can cause low birth weight, which raises the risk of poor health and delayed development in newborns. Now, a new study out of England suggests working past the eighth month of pregnancy can pose similar risks. Katherine Kohari is a doctor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. At nine months pregnant, she is still working, but is ready to give birth any day. Dr. Joanne Stone, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies at Mount Sinai, argues that while smoking is a bad habit, working through pregnancy is something a woman may have to do. "For many women it is not a choice, and they shouldn't feel like they're putting their child at risk by continuing to work," Dr. Stone says. Learn more