Pollution exposure linked to miscarriages (ASL – 10.15.19)
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There could be significant link between pollution and miscarriages.
A new study says pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution, face an increased risk of having a “silent miscarriage” in the first trimester.
A “silent miscarriage” happens when a fetus hasn’t formed or has died, but the placenta and embryonic tissue remain.
Researchers looked at data from more than 250-thousand pregnant women in Beijing between 2009 and 2017.
They found that women who live in areas with higher levels of concentrated pollution saw a greater risk of miscarriage.
The authors think pollution is a problem because the tiny particles can cross the maternal-fetal blood barrier and disrupt fetal growth and development.
For more information you can find the study in the journal ‘Nature Sustainability.’
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