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Women who are exposed to traffic pollution while pregnant are increasing the chances of damaging the lungs of their unborn children, concludes a study published online in the journal Thorax.
Exposure to pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy in particular raises the risk of harm to a child’s lungs, underlining the multiple public health benefits of policies to reduce exposure to air pollution, say researchers.
Existing research has often highlighted the adverse effects of air pollutants on lung function in school-age children and adolescents, but the effects of a mother’s exposure to pollution on the lung function of her unborn child and shortly after birth are less well known.
Researchers led by Dr Eva Morales of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), an ISGlobal research centre, Barcelona, Spain, set out to examine the association of exposure to air pollution during specific trimesters of pregnancy and postnatal life with lung function in preschool children.
Morales E, Garcia-Esteban R, Asensio de la Cruz O, Basterrechea M, Lertxundi A, Martinez López de Dicastillo MD, Zabaleta C, Sunyer J
Intrauterine and early postnatal exposure to outdoor air pollution and lung function at preschool age. Thorax. 2014 Oct 20;