Denying Theology Doesn’t Cancel Biology: Working Women Have a Harder Time Getting Pregnant

Working women whose jobs require more than forty hours a week take longer to conceive a child even when they are trying hard to do so.

There is nothing ethically wrong with a woman working at a job for more than forty hours a week. Many women have no real choice. We all need income in order to live.

But our society has tried to pretend that there are no costs to any choice that makes a woman more “empowered.” And while there is nothing wrong with working women, that doesn’t mean there aren’t prices to be paid for their choices. These prices should not be hidden by feminist dogma.

Reuters reports, “Women who work or lift a lot may struggle to get pregnant.”

Women who work more than 40 hours a week or routinely lift heavy loads may take longer to get pregnant than women who don’t, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed 1,739 nurses who were trying to get pregnant and estimated 16 percent of them failed to achieve this goal within 12 months, and 5 percent still hadn’t conceived after two years.

Working more than 40 hours a week was linked with taking 20 percent longer to get pregnant compared to women who worked 21 to 40 hours.

Moving or lifting at least 25-pound loads several times a day was also tied to delayed pregnancy, extending the time to conception by about 50 percent.

“Our results show that heavy work, both in terms of physical strain and long hours, appears to have a detrimental impact on female nurses’ ability to get pregnant,” lead study author Audrey Gaskins, a researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, said by email.

Most healthy couples can conceive within three to six months, though the process can take longer for people who are older or who have fertility compromised by certain medical conditions or by smoking or excessive drinking.

Recently, fertility rates have stopped declining, but this study shows another way in which recession brings about demographic winter. Not only do couples put off having children, but they also may have problems conceiving. When times are tough, both couples are more likely to be forced to work at harder, lower-paying jobs with fewer benefits and longer hours.