Relationship between handling heavy items during pregnancy and spontaneous abortion: a cross-sectional survey of working women in South Korea

Workplace Health Saf. 2012 Jan;60(1):25-32. doi: 10.1177/216507991206000105.


The researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey to determine the relationship between handling heavy items during pregnancy and spontaneous abortion among working women in South Korea. One thousand working women were selected from a database of those eligible for maternity benefits under the National Employment Insurance Plan. Study results showed that handling heavy items during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion after adjusting for general characteristics of the participants and their work environment. A collective effort is needed on the parts of employers, employees, occupational health nurses, and the government to protect working women from lifting heavy items while pregnant.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Spontaneous / epidemiology*
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Lifting / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pregnancy
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology