Do Hurricanes Cause Women to Go Into Early Labor...?

Heather Niederjohn's son was born right before Hurricane Harvey struck Houston last year. "The first thing that came to my mind was, 'What's going on?'" she said of going into labor a full month before her due date, right as the hurricane was approaching. Heather was shocked by the early labor after a completely normal pregnancy.

Some experts believe changes in barometric pressure may induce early labor for some women! "Should your water break during a storm or a hurricane, the most important thing is not to panic," explains Dr. Diana Racusin, a maternal-fetal medicine physician at UTHealth/UT Physicians in Houston. 

According to Dr. Racusin, the results of research about barometric pressure inducing labor are inconclusive. Other factors like stress could be part of the equation... Or, of course, it could just be a classic case of Murphy's Law!


 

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