The study showed that babies born during cyclones are more likely to be premature and have a weight deficit. This conclusion was reached by scientists from Australia.
The birth of a child causes enough stress for his parents, and imagine if childbirth occurs during a cyclone. These natural phenomena are quite often observed in Australia, and some cyclones leave thousands of homes without electricity, especially in rural areas. A study conducted by the Australian National University highlighted the experience of women who gave birth during cyclones.
It showed that in areas severely affected by this natural disaster, the risk of premature birth and baby weight deficit at birth is significantly higher. Researchers reviewed 600,000 records of births of children for 2007 and 2018, when large tropical cyclones were observed in Australia.
The information found was extremely interesting. It was found that women who were at the earliest stages of pregnancy, depending on the month of birth of their child, had a significantly higher risk of premature birth by all indicators during the cyclone. The main reason for this is the stress associated with disasters, as well as difficulties with access to food and water in the first days after natural disasters. The authors of the study hope that their information will help the authorities better prepare expectant mothers for such consequences and thereby reduce the number of premature births.