Breathing In These Areas Puts Women At Risk Of 'Silent Miscarriage'
Getting the right diet and enough sleep are the two main things women should prioritize during pregnancy. But researchers said being at the right place should be added to the list.
A new study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, found that areas with poor air quality could increase the risk of "silent miscarriage." This condition occurs when the fetus did not form or died but the placenta and embryonic tissue remain, CNN reported Monday.
The findings come from the analysis of data from more than 250,000 pregnant women in Beijing. Researchers observed the health and exposure of the participants to air pollution between 2009 and 2017.
Results show that the risk of miscarriages was high in neighborhoods with high levels of air pollution caused by particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide. Researchers said that small airborne particles can enter the body and reach the maternal-fetal blood barrier.
The presence of tiny pollution particles in the fetal bloodstream could disrupt fetal growth and development. They mainly affect the developing baby by damaging its dividing cells.
Researchers said the women who were older than 39 years during pregnancy had higher risk of silent miscarriage due to exposure to high levels of air pollution. Those who worked as farmers or as blue collar workers are also more likely to experience pregnancy complications.Pregnancy And Effects Of Air Pollution
The study supports earlier findings that showed that negative effects of air pollution in pregnant women. Previous research found poor air quality could contribute to pre-eclampsia, low birth weight and hypertension.
A study that focused on women in Utah suggested that even short-term exposure to pollution could lead to an increase in their risk of miscarriage. Another research showed that air pollution can reach the fetus in the womb and cause health problems after birth.
In the United Kingdom, researchers found in 2017 that the women exposed to pollution from traffic during pregnancy gave birth to lower weight babies.
Low birth weight has been linked to higher chances of developing chronic disease later in life, such as cardiovascular diseases, and even death compared to healthy weight babies.
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