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Washington: House Move During Early Pregnancy Linked to Heightened Premature Birth Risk

Moving to a new residence during the first three months of pregnancy is linked to a heightened risk of premature birth and low birthweight, as well as a slightly higher risk of a smaller-than-expected-size baby, according to new research from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Still, it’s too soon to raise warning flags.

“I don’t think we have enough information to make any specific recommendations about moving during pregnancy at this point, but I’m hopeful that our study will draw attention to moving as a risk factor worth investigating in more detail,” said Ms. Julia Bond, the lead author who conducted the research as a student in the Department in Epidemiology.

Findings were published online July 30 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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