Air pollution has taken a toll on everybody’s health since the past couple of years. There are news bulletins every day that talk about the alarming effects of air pollution. But what’s scarier is that it has become a growing concern for little ones who aren’t even born yet!
Yes, you read it right. Pregnant women are affected the most by air pollution and the baby in their womb enters a life-threatening situation when their mommy breathes the polluted air. Therefore, they have to take exceptional care of themselves as they’re carrying a new life inside their womb. The air pollution consists of dust, dirt, smog, allergens, microbial matter and most importantly, PM 2.5. PM 2.5 is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less. These small and fine particles can travel into your respiratory tract and lodge themselves in the lungs. They can be found in the exhaust of vehicles and gases that are emitted from burning of wood, oil, coal or any other natural source. These fine particles cause many respiratory illnesses like asthma, wheezing and even cardiovascular diseases.
According to a study published in a journal called Environmental International- babies who were exposed to high levels of air pollution in the womb may suffer from DNA damage. They tend to have defects associated with ageing, known as telomere shortening. These telomeres are basically the caps at the end of each strand of the DNA. Their role is to protect our chromosomes.
An individual's telomere (end of chromosome) length at birth has been known to influence their risk for disease decades later during adulthood," said Deliang Tang, Professor at the Columbia University in the US. So, babies exposed to air pollution in the womb showed higher levels of PAH-DNA cord adducts - a biomarker to determine the exposure to toxic air pollutants.
In India, around 47 million children under the age of 5 live in areas facing the extremities of air pollution and the air is filled with PM10, or particulate matter in the air with a diameter less than 10 microns, exceeding the safe limits. Delhi, along with Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra, are the places where children are "worst affected". Out of the 47 million kids, at least, 17 million children live in areas which have PM10 twice the permissible standards!
Since the air quality is so bad, imagine what effect it could have on your, unborn baby. Many pieces of research have concluded that, if an expecting mom has a prolonged exposure to polluted air, it tends to reduce the unborn baby’s life expectancy!
You might be thinking staying indoors is safer for you and your baby. Moms, do you know that you are breathing polluted air even when you are indoors? Factually speaking, the air inside your house can be up to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air as concluded by a study conducted by the EPA. This is all because of the common activities like lack of ventilation, cooking fumes, burning candles, agarbattis, removing shoes inside the house, dirt or dust in the house, pollen, chemicals from cleaning products & detergents, etc. Your simple actions can lead to poor air quality at home which is dangerous for your family and the baby growing inside you. It is high time you took an action against the rise in the air pollution and that’s why we recommend Dr. Aeroguard air purifier! It is certified by the German GUI lab and it has a 9 stage filtration system including the HEPA filter, antimicrobial filter, anti-dust filter and a special therapeutic filter. It releases silver diatoms and Vitamin C ions in the air which provides not only clean air but healthy air too. Don’t miss out on the experience of clean and healthy air in your home with a free home demo! Click here to check out the range of air purifiers for your family!
Along with investing in an air purifier, here are a few diet changes you can make right away to make sure you and your baby are safe!.
It is a type of vitamin B which is essential for the healthy growth and development of the baby. It helps in preventing birth defects like spina bifida.
2. Vitamin C
For a healthy pregnancy, you’ll need to eat a lot of food items rich in vitamin C. They help in the formation of collagen which is present in blood vessels.
So, eat a lot of citrus edibles like orange, grapes, lemon juice and most of the green leafy veggies like spinach, coriander etc.
You might feel constipated in the latter stages of your pregnancy but eating a fibre rich diet combined with fluids will ease it out. Consume a lot of whole grains in the form of bread, cereals, legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Zinc is a component found in many enzymes and helps in the development and production of proteins. Most importantly, it regulates the gene expression. So, consuming a sufficient amount of zinc during pregnancy is important for the rapid cell growth.
To obtain enough quantity of zinc consume lean meat, milk, seafood, whole grains, nuts and legumes.
Now that you know the ways to keep yourself and your baby safe even if you’re in a polluted city, you can totally hope for a healthier and a smoother pregnancy.