Air pollution associated with low birthweight
A new EU-wide study has found a strong link between exposure to air pollution in pregnant women and low birthweight babies. Low birthweight can increase the risk of the child developing a chronic disease. The study found that pregnant women living in areas with higher levels of pollution, usually associated with traffic density, had a correspondingly higher risk of having a low birthweight baby.
Crucially, the study found that the risk persisted even when pollution levels met or were below European air quality limits. Read more.