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Environmental Research Study: Review of ambient temperature exposure during pregnancy and stillbirth

23 Apr, 2021

A new study recently published in Environmental Research Journal indicates there may be a link between ambient temperature and safer pregnancies.

Led by Jessica Sexton at the Stillbirth CRE, the paper titled “Systematic review of ambient temperature exposure during pregnancy and stillbirth: Methods and evidence,” reviewed 12 eligible articles among 538 records that analysed analysed associations between ambient temperature exposure and stillbirth for 42,848 stillbirths among 3.4 million births across seven countries.

The review found that exposure to hot and cold temperatures during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillbirth, with the highest risk in temperatures above 29.4°C, although a clear causative mechanism remains unknown.  

Read the full paper online at the Environmental Research Journal.