Maternity leave times can vary from job to job, and many expectant moms concerned about their careers can feel pressured to push their last days of work to the limit — often at their desks mere days before their water breaks.
And sometimes it's a matter of necessity, as high living costs demand a dual income to keep the household running.
But a new study published in the Journal of Labor Economics comes with a serious warning for the career-minded. Pregnant women over the age of 24 who toil up to their due date are putting their newborns at risk.
In fact, the research found similar health problems — including lower birth weight and slow development — to babies whose mothers smoked late into their third trimester.
"We know low birth weight is a predictor of many things that happen later, including lower chances of completing school successfully, lower wages and higher mortality," study co-author MarcoRead More »from Working Late Into Pregnancy Just as Harmful as Smoking