(LONDON) — A new study reports working after eight months of pregnancy is as harmful as smoking, according to The Guardian.
Supposedly babies born to women who work after eight months pregnant are 0.5 lb lighter than those women who stopped work earlier.
Research has revealed that on average babies with low birth weights are more prone to slow development and at higher risk for poor health.
Three economists from the University of Essex, Emilia Del Bono, John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi, published their research in the July edition of the Journal of Labor Economics.
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