Newly found studies have showed that air pollution can effect the growing fetus. Previous studies of about 20 years ago, informed the public that high amounts of air pollution breathed in by pregnant women can have complications in the developing of the baby; these include: prematurity. For this reason EPA set acceptable standards of what is considered “sufficient air pollution.” Today we have learned that even small amounts of air pollution can have a permanent effect on the growing fetus. Studies have shown that amounts of air pollution lower than EPA standards can still damage the fetus. The air a pregnant woman breathes transfers to the placenta, which is the organ that connects to her fetus which provides blood, oxygen, and nutrition. These small amounts of air pollution can have a biological effect at the celular level of women.
In a study of around 5,059 mother-child pairs they assessed the amount of intrauterine inflammation (a major cause of premature labor) based on whether the mother had a fever during labor. The majority of women were exposed to a lower concentration of the deemed amount of sufficient air pollution. These women still experienced complications for the fetus.
Overall, we see that the standards of air pollution are not appropriate for the developing fetus. More importantly, air pollution is a problem that can permanently damage future generations even before the birth of a child.
AIR POLLUTION IS SERIOUS! IT IS HAPPENING, AND WE HAVE TO FIX IT! OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS DEPEND ON IT