Unborn Babies may be Exposed to Chemicals from Air Pollution: Study

In a new study that is disturbing but not that shocking scientists have discovered that healthy mothers-to-be are breathing in particles from air pollution and those chemicals are making their way to the placenta and possibly to their unborn offspring.


Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas, new study finds


Scientists believe they have discovered the first examples of air pollution traveling through the lungs of pregnant women and into their placentas, potentially reaching their fetuses.

The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, examined the placentas of five pregnant women in the United Kingdom and found that sooty particles had made their way into their placentas.
“We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests that this is indeed possible.
We also know that the particles do not need to get into the baby’s body to have an adverse effect, because if they have an effect on the placenta, this will have a direct impact on the fetus.”
-Dr. Norrice Liu, lead researcher, pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Queen Mary University in London

See overview of the study here.