Published On: Sat, Jan 12th, 2019

For Pregnant Women, Air Pollution Is Just As Bad As Smoking, Study Warns

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A pregnant woman stands in the foreground of a picturesque sunset scene beyond her.

After a family member of Dr. Matthew Fuller’s had a miscarriage, the researcher at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City started thinking things over in his mind, particularly as it related to his field of emergency medicine.

The family member’s miscarriage had occurred after that individual had been in an area where air pollution had been particularly bad that year.

“That triggered the question in my mind” of whether pollution played a role in the event, he said, according to a report from the Guardian. “[T]hen I started noticing anecdotally that I was seeing spikes in miscarriage numbers in the emergency department during and after [pollution spikes].”

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For Pregnant Women, Air Pollution Is Just As Bad As Smoking, Study Warns