Is Air Pollution a Threat to a Fetus?

Publication Date: 
Monday, December 11, 2017

 

Women who are exposed to air pollution right before or after they become pregnant may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects, new research suggests.
 
The increased risk is modest, but scientists say their findings warrant more investigation since all pregnant women are exposed to some level of pollution.
 
"The most susceptible time of exposure appears to be the one month before and after conception," said study senior author Dr. Emily DeFranco, a physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.