“Toxic air quality affects the immune system of vulnerable groups and the study shows that the foetuses are also exposed to poor air quality.
With Delhi witnessing an alarming rise in air pollution levels, a multi-agency study has revealed the impact of bad poor air quality on growth of foetus in pregnant women. The study was conducted by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in association of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and London School of Hygiene to explore the association of air pollution with a neonate’s birth weight and gestational age.
The records of 10,565 births in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi were encoded and linked with real-time air quality data. These were records of women, who reported a New Delhi address during the time of delivery. The distance of each address to all the monitoring stations was recorded. Later, birth records were assigned pollution exposure levels averaged across records from monitoring stations within 10 kilometers of the address during pregnancy…
…According to the researchers, the study established that toxic gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and other poisonous gases has not only adversely affecting growth of foetus also lead to premature birth. “Poor air quality affects the immune system of vulnerable groups and study shows that the foetuses which is still developing in womb are also exposed to poor air quality,” Dr Kler added.” India Today. Read it on delhiair.org.
Poor air quality of Delhi affects the weight of newborn babies