During pregnancy, we take care of all precautions like eating, drinking, getting up, activity etc. This keeps the health of the pregnant woman as well as her baby healthy, but if you are not breathing pure air despite taking all these precautions, then it can be a matter of concern for both of you.
Yes, we are talking about Air Pollution, in which breathing can affect the pregnant woman and her baby. According to the ‘US Air Quality Index’ on 30 November 2020, Lahore city of Pakistan is number one in the list of most polluted cities in the world, while Delhi is the capital of India in the second place.
Not only this, people living in some other cities of the country are also struggling with the problem of air pollution. In such a situation, breathing in polluted air can infest many types of diseases before birth.
Diseases caused by breathing in polluted air
Air pollution comes in many forms. This is usually due to nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, smoke coming out of the vehicle, smoke, dust and chemical from the factory air. Exposure to it can cause respiratory diseases such as cough, wheezing, eye and sinus irritation, bronchitis, asthma and emphysema, severe fatigue, decreased lung capacity and shortness of breath, damage to lungs and heart, fatal diseases such as cancer. Huh. It has the most impact on pregnant women, children, infants and the elderly. There have been many researches which have shown that polluted air is a serious risk for pregnant women and their children.
(1) Effect on the unborn child
If a pregnant woman is forced to breathe in polluted air, then its direct effect can be seen on her pregnancy. According to a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at York University in the United Kingdom, about 30 million (three million) children are born prematurely every year due to air pollution, so let the child have a problem of malnutrition. Can. Apart from this, he may also be at risk of diabetes, heart related diseases and high blood pressure.
(2) effect on pregnant woman
Prolonged exposure to polluted air increases the risk of miscarriage in some cases. Apart from this, there is also the risk of premature delivery. Many researches have confirmed that breathing in polluted air makes a difference in fertility in women and men.
How to protect yourself from polluted air
The treatment of air pollution is very wide, but we can prevent it by taking some precautions during pregnancy. You can bring an air purifier home, which helps to remove smoke, allergens, mold and germs.
There are many types of plants in the market, which are not necessary to keep in the sun, and these plants are able to give natural pure air. Apart from this, stay away from such chemicals, which can go inside the body through breath, like hair spray, paint etc.
If there is a problem of air pollution in your area, then it is advisable to stay indoors during pregnancy. Get out of the house only in a doctor’s visit or in an emergency and take some necessary steps to avoid contaminated air such as wearing an anti-pollution mask, going from your own car or cab, etc.
Keeping the above things in mind, you can create a safe environment for you and the child.For more information, read our article, Learn what is the effect of pollution on Deepawali on pregnant and baby. Health related articles on News18 are written by myUpchar.com.
MyUpchar is the country’s first and largest source of verified health news. In myUpchar, researchers and journalists, along with doctors, bring all the information related to health for you.