Thursday, 17 May 2018

Naps during pregnancy may be linked with healthier birth weight

Pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby's risk of low birth weight, a study from China suggests.

"Low birth weight is one of the feared outcomes of pregnancy, and novel insight into risk factors is welcome," said Dr Ghada Bourjeily, a sleep researcher at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, who wasn't involved in the study.

"Sleep, its quality and its duration are emerging as risk factors for various perinatal complications," Bourjeily said in an email.

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2.5kg.

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