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Myth And Reality About Hurricane Risks For Expectant Mothers

Research suggests that floods and other environmental disasters can raise the risk for spontaneous miscarriages, preterm births and low-birth-weight infants. Doctors say it pays to be prepared.
Preparing for a natural disaster becomes even more complicated when you're expecting. Source: Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images

Have you heard the theory that low air pressure during a hurricane can cause a surge in births?

Supposedly a steep drop in barometric pressure makes it easier for a baby to pop out.

As Hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas, we wondered if that was really true.

"It's one of those old wives' tales," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Yes, a published in in 2007 that looked from 1985 found a significant increase in the premature rupturing of fetal membranes within just a few hours of the barometric pressure falling.

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