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Three-quarters of pregnant women need an average of two months sick leave from work during their pregnancies, a Norwegian study has found.

The study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, followed 2918 women at the Akershus University Hospital in Norway over 18 months.

It found 35 per cent of women cited fatigue and sleep problems as the main reason for taking sick leave, followed by pelvic pain or pain caused by limited mobility of the pelvis joints, as well as nausea or vomiting.

The average amount of time away from work was eight weeks and the majority needed between four and 16 weeks.

Sick leave varied according to the trimester, with 63 per cent of women requiring sick leave in week 32.

The West Australian

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