Does Pollution Affect Pregnant Women?

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A new study claims that a pregnant mother who is exposed to too much of pollution may give birth to a baby who might suffer the risk of asthma. The risk could be higher even before the baby reaches 5 years of age.

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Most of the urban pollution today is contributed by vehicular pollution. This has become a growing concern as no city in this world is without pollution nowadays which means that every pregnant mother in a city needs to find measures to reduce pollution exposure at least during pregnancy.

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This study further reveals that pregnant mothers who reside near main roads or highways with heavy traffic may suffer the risk more. When the baby is in the womb what the mother eats, drinks or breathes plays a very crucial in deciding the health of the baby.
Also, another study says that babies who are underweight may also develop breathing disorders due to air pollution.

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It is mainly the carbon monoxide levels and nitrogen dioxide levels that dictate the effects of air pollution. As a part of the study, researchers examined the levels of pollution in certain areas and then the health of pregnant mothers living in those areas.

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More than 60,000 babies were also examined as a part of the study. It took nearly 10 years of study for the researchers to conclude that pollution affects children's health when pregnant mothers are exposed to pollution.

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Story first published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7:24 [IST]
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