Researchers at Washington University are studying whether severe sleep disruptions can impact the outcome of a woman’s pregnancy, reports

Working moms know it’s nearly impossible to run a household, have a full time job, and get good sleep. Now, researchers at Washington University are trying to find out if that puts pregnant women at risk of preterm labor.

“Anybody who is pregnant could tell you their sleep is disrupted but nobody has really studied it that closely before and whether severe disruptions in that sleep can impact the outcome of their pregnancy,” said Emily Jungheim, M.D., M.S.C.I., with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis.

They are looking for hundreds of volunteers to track through pregnancy for a study sponsored by the March of Dimes.

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