Pregnant Women Near Urban Green Spaces Breathe Easier

Pregnant women who live in city neighborhoods with more grass and trees were exposed to lower levels of particulate air pollution than pregnant women with little vegetation around their homes, according to a study from Barcelona, Spain. Exposures were lower even when the women spent more time outside. The conclusions are important because exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy can affect fetal development and health at birth. These can include low birth weight, heart deformities, and infant mortality.

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