The brave new world we are embracing drives us away from family values and makes us more career oriented, financially motivated, consumerism focused and travel aficionados. Everything which could take away our minds from the natural course of life is embraced and promoted. Feminism postulates careerism and social networks share pictures of the ideal woman, who is an acknowledged professional Barbie doll who gets drunk every Sunday night to appear Monday morning in the office flawlessly wearing her deux-piece and emasculate male exhibits at the workplace.
This is the design for life we have created but there comes a time when even the most career oriented ones of us have their biological clocks ticking and asking for reproduction. At the end of the day, we are basic instincts more than anything else and this shows off sooner or later in our lives.
A new study has found that getting pregnant is highly challenging among women who do routine heavy lifting and work for more than 40 hours a week. Our bodies can only take balance and when balance is forced, we bear the consequences.
Data analyzed and gathered from the Nurse’s Health Study helped researchers come up with the findings. They have gone through the records of nurses working outside the home, who are trying to get pregnant. Participants were asked to fill up questionnaires regarding their work schedule and the amount of physical labor required to fulfill their daily working routines. Subjects were then asked every six months whether they have been successful in their attempts to get pregnant or not.
Data collected from 2010 up to last year, involved 50% of women aged 33 years and above. 44% of study subjects were overweight and 22% have had a history of smoking. All women were working on shifts and the nature of their work included staying on their feet for about eight hours and lifting heavy object for up to five times a day.
Considering the facts, scientists have concluded that long hours in the office affect fertility rates among women.
Working for more than 40 hours per week was linked with taking 20% longer to get pregnant, compared to those women who had a more balanced working routine, namely 21 to 40 hours of work on a weekly basis. Moreover, moving or lifting 25 pound loads many times a day is linked to vain efforts of getting pregnant, expanding the time to conception to no less than 50%.
On a common basis, healthy couples should be able to conceive within three to six months. The whole process could take longer for people who are older or who have their fertility rates compromised by particular medical conditions or by hedonistic habits such as excessive drinking or smoking.
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