If you’re a pregnant mom or know someone who is, you understand the worry over things that can affect your health and the health of your unborn baby. It’s smart to take proactive steps to better your health by eating right, taking pre-natal vitamins, attending regularly scheduled doctor visits, and making your best efforts to get rest and sleep.
But have you ever stopped to think there’s something that you can be exposed to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can cause long-term health problems to your unborn child? The culprit? Air pollution!
A study conducted at John Hopkins University has found that the higher level of air pollution particles that a pregnant woman is exposed to, the more likely she is at risk for developing health complications that can lead to premature birth and other health issues that can continue into childhood. Senior author Xiaobin Wang, Director of the Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease at John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, concluded “that even small amounts of air pollution appear to have biological effects at the cellular level in pregnant women”.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) published an article stating that “increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy was associated with a higher incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and two rare childhood cancers”.
The results of these studies make researchers question whether the current standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are strict enough to protect an unborn baby. Unfortunately, air pollution — especially for those living in densely-populated urban settings — is not something you can easily avoid. Outdoor air pollution also easily finds its way indoors, which can compromise one’s level of indoor air quality as well.
Some common-sense first steps are a must for anyone who an expectant or new mom, or has one in their household. One of the best things to do is to avoid tobacco smoke, paint fumes, and cleaning products that emit fumes. These are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aren’t good for anyone to be breathing in — but especially new moms and infants with delicate immune systems.
At Beyond by Aerus, we recommend improving your indoor air quality by investing in a high quality air purifier that uses a combination of better-than-HEPA filtration, ionization, and germ neutralizing technologies, which, when combined together, can improve indoor air quality in your home. The Beyond Guardian Air features our proprietary ActivPure Technology, which was just inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame by The Space Foundation.
Air purifiers can help improve the air quality during your pregnancy and beyond — including after your bundle of joy arrives home — by removing allergens; neutralizing contaminants like viruses, bacteria, and fungi from the air and on surfaces; and offering continued protection that can last well past the infant years!