WUFT News

Air Pollution Increases Pregnant Women’s Risk for High Blood Pressure

By on February 12th, 2014

A new study by the University of Florida shows that air pollution may be harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children.

Xiaohui Xu, the lead researcher on the study, looked at women who gave birth in Jacksonville between 2004 and 2005 and compared their data with daily air pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The study conducted suggests that inhaling contaminated air may have some adverse effects on fetal development,” he said.

They found that women exposed to air pollution during their first two trimesters had an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and other hypertension disorders. The pollutants studied include carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, byproducts of car exhaust and industry respectively.

He said that avoiding air pollution may be difficult for pregnant women.

“I think for mothers dealing with an air pollution episode, like a forest fire or a traffic jam, the pregnant woman needs to avoid entering this area,” Xu said.

Although the effects of secondhand smoke on fetal development have been more thoroughly researched, with Xu’s research he believes that air pollution should be considered just as harmful as second-hand cigarette smoke.

Xu said he intends to extend his study into other cities in Florida and look at other conditions that can result from air pollution exposure during pregnancy.

“For the fetal development period, any change in the environment may have a long-term health consequence,” Xu said.

 


This entry was posted in Health and Science and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Health and Science

Shane Owens

Woman Launches Facebook Page For Those Facing Medical Difficulties

Carly Strange was born with her intestines outside her body. To help others not feel alone, she created the Facebook page “The Many Faces of a Survivor.”


By leppyone (Nine-banded Armadillo) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Armadillos May Be Cause for Rising Leprosy Rates in Florida

Florida health officials are warning people to stay away from armadillos as they may be the cause of recent leprosy cases in the state. There have been nine cases reported in the last seven months, but none have been reported in Alachua.


Breastfeeding

Florida Hospitals Promote Breastfeeding

Hospitals around Florida are working to create initiatives to help mothers and future mothers with breastfeeding.The Florida Health Department connected with hospitals in 15 counties in June to participate in the Healthiest Weight Florida’s Baby Steps to Baby Friendly Initiative.


Tatum bicycles on the Hawthorne Trail with a group of 30 people from Gator Cycle and Body By Boris. Nicole Aedo / WUFT News

Former Addict Finds Purpose In Biking

Andrew Tatum battled multiple addictions with hard drugs and junk food. Now he finds peace and purpose in biking and blogging about his struggles in order to help others.


Nate Willingham focuses on matching three cards based on color, shape or pattern during his Brain Works session on Friday. This card game is used to improve visual perception.

Brain Training Center Treats Learning Disabilities

Brain Works in Gainesville uses auditory training to treat learning disabilities and brain trauma. It’s helped 13-year-old Nate with his dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, but scientists question how effective the treatment really is.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments