Poor air quality can affect us even before we are born, researchers are finding. Doctors are recommending expectant mothers not only think hard about what they eat and drink, but also about what they breathe.
In an interview with WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Christopher Innes (a local OB-GYN) recommends that “all expecting moms should check daily air quality reports and limit your time outdoors when pollutants are at high levels.”
He also cautions that mothers-to-be who already have breathing problems be extra careful.
How can bad air quality affect unborn babies?
“Small babies being born, early delivery, and sometimes even hypertension in moms which could necessitate early delivery…”
Some babies can even be born with asthma.
Dr. Innes recommends that expectant mothers change their air filters regularly. We agree, but would add that a good duct cleaning could make a big difference. Under normal circumstances, adults can spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. For pregnant women, with extra need for rest and nesting activities in the home, that number might be even greater.
If you are expecting a baby–Congratulations! You have a lot to think about to keep your baby safe–air quality is only one. But it is worth some thoughtful consideration!