High Temperature Increases The Dangers Of Still And Preterm Births

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Mothers are said to be most vulnerable during pregnancy. They need to be extra careful if they want to maintain their own and their baby’s health. What are other factors deemed influential to the pregnant mothers? According to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) world- first research discovered the relationship between elevation in temperature and cases of stillbirth and preterm births.

Adrian Barnett, associate professor at the QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), was the leader of this research that investigated the incidence of still and premature births in Brisbane across a four-year period starting 2005. Professor Barnett cited that 101, 870 births were identified in the records over the period; stillbirths totaled to 653 or 0.6%.

It was revealed that elevations in temperature augmented the likelihood of stillbirth, especially evident in the earlier stages of gestation prior to the 28th week. Moreover, the approximated numbers were 353 stillbirths would result at 15 degrees Celsius per 100,000 pregnancies. In contrast, 610 stillbirths per 100,000 pregnancies would occur at 23 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, increased temperatures were observed to shorten the gestation times, leading to more premature babies who frequently suffer from severe long-term health conditions like cerebral palsy and vision and hearing impairment.

Professor Barbett’s research noted the weekly temperature, humidity and air pollution levels for every pregnancy. He elaborated that the lowest dangers were during the coolest weeks, while warm temperatures with weekly means of 23 degrees Celsius had similar risk as the hottest weeks. He added, “This could be because most pregnant women would be more conscious of trying to remain cool on the hottest days and would generally seek air conditioning.

Other researchers have already studied the association of temperature and premature births. However, this QUT study is the first to determine the link of temperature to stillbirth. Professor Barnett cited that the research can have significant public health implications, especially now that temperatures over the world seem to climb.

Furthermore, according to Professor Barnett, it is very important for pregnant mothers to protect themselves from overheating to decrease the risk of preterm or stillbirths. Also, pregnant women are reminded to avoid hot tubs or Jacuzzis because this can lead to termination of pregnancy; dehydration due to heat stress and sweating may also bring harm to the fetus and may induce birth.  He added that stillbirths can cause distress for families, and many of these cases have unknown cause. This necessitates additional studies to help avoid them.




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