Pregnancy Health: Work Safety

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, What kinds of jobs can be dangerous when you're pregnant?


Can working in front of a computer monitor harm my developing baby? Are there any other typical office hazards I should be aware of throughout my pregnancy?


There is no research to show that working in front of a computer terminal is harmful to the fetus. Jobs where the patient is exposed to strong chemicals should be avoided, or the situation should at least be discussed with your doctor. One study showed an increased risk of miscarriage with female anesthesiologists administering general anesthesia. Other studies have supported the theory of an increased risk of preterm delivery in women who work on their feet constantly. Therefore I recommend frequent breaks for women who have this type of job (waitresses, nurses, doctors).

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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