Air pollution harms unborn babies

06 February 2018

Air pollution from road traffic is linked to an increased risk of low birthweight babies, says a study led by Imperial College London.

Increases in traffic-related air pollutants were associated with 2% to 6% increased odds of low birthweight and a 1% to 3% increase in the likelihood of being small for gestational age.

The research, published in The BMJ, looked at 540,000 single, full-term births in Greater London between 2006 and 2010, taking into account the mother’s home address at time of birth and traffic-related pollution levels.

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