By: Daily Mirror, Abigail O’Leary
Putting the clocks forward in spring doubles the number of miscarriages in women who have undergone IVF treatment, according to new research.
Scientists found the chances of miscarrying were twice as high if the clocks changed within 21 days of an embryo being implanted.
The loss of an extra hour of sleep was found to cause additional stress and anxiety to women in the very early stages of pregnancy .
Findings also showed time changes had a greater impact on women who had previously miscarried.
Dr Wendy Kuohung, from the Boston University School of Medicine, said a woman’s body rhythm is affected when the clocks change in spring.
She said: “We don’t know for sure, but it may be the stress from moving to spring daylight saving time where the body’s rhythm os disrupted by the loss of an hour.
“It could be enough to negatively impact IVF patients with a history of a prior miscarriage and who may be at higher risk for miscarriage in the first place.”
The study looked at 1,654 women and found 23% of those who had IVF in the 21 days following the clocks moving forward an hour suffered a miscarriage, compared to 10% who underwent treatment during the rest of the year.
For women who had miscarried previously, the rate of pregnancy loss was almost three times higher.
The researchers said the tragic effects could be seen in any country that adopts daylight saving time.