Extreme Temperatures during Pregnancy Connected to Reduced Birth Weight

In a new nationwide study from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, an international team of researchers finds the link between extreme high and low temperatures during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and reduced fetal birth weight.Extreme Temperatures during Pregnancy Connected to Reduced Birth Weight

For the study, the team of scientists analyzed data on 624,940 singleton term births in Israel that took place between 2010 and 2014. These data included such information as the time of birth and outdoor temperatures during pregnancy.

Lead researcher Dr. Keren Agay-Shay, Director of the HER Lab at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University, says: “Our study demonstrated the significant associations between exposure to high and low outdoor temperature and birthweight in all term births born in Israel during five years. Lower birth weight may indicate abnormalities in intrauterine growth and is a risk factor for morbidity during early childhood and over the entire life course.”

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