The condition of our minds and bodies during pregnancy are incredibly important matters. To fail to consider the importance of caring for your body during such a time is very dangerous indeed. However, as a pregnant soon-to-be mother, you might still have to work until close to the arrival of your child.
If that is the case, then we recommend that you take as many opportunities as you can to cut down on long commutes. Why? Because recent research links long commutes with a drop-off in positive birth outcomes.
Whether it’s from work, from the hospital or even to the store for essentials, minimizing long commutes. A new study from the Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that 50-mile plus commutes are being linked with ‘adverse’ birth outcomes for pregnant women.
Additionally, any extra 10-mile distance beyond 5-miles is sure to cause even more problems.
One issue it was linked within the study was a decrease in birth weight for children. This was increasing the chance of a low birth weight for a new-born by as much as 14%. This also was linked with problems such as slowing fetal growth as well.
You need to keep this kind in stuff in mind during pregnancy, as it’s absolutely essential that you care for yourself properly during the experience.
The maternal stress often felt when taking on 50-mile plus commutes can naturally impact on the body. High levels of stress have long been linked with pregnancy problems. And what can be more stressful than having to battle and barge your way into work on a daily basis?
If you are able to do so, then you should look to cut down on your distance of commutes as soon as possible. It’s an important lifestyle change and one that will benefit both you and your baby.
What else comes from a long commute?
Another common problem for a lot of women taking on long commutes during pregnancy is time becomes short. Before long, you start finding that you’ve failed to attend those essential pre-natal care appointments.
You start to find that you have less time to yourself, as you are starting work early due to the long commutes and getting home late for the same reason. These problems soon begin to add up; before long, it can be increasingly tough to make the time that you need.
Keep this in mind, as it will often play an important role in your development during pregnancy. You want to do all that you can to avoid such a long commute. This can help to reduce your stress levels, and avoid needless missing of key appointments.
Being pregnant is a wonderful experience, but it is not without its challenges. As such, you need to be prepared for these challenges.
Even if that means making adjustments and compromises on where you can work during pregnancy, your health – and the health of your child – should always be the priority.