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Doctors issue official guidance on effects of air pollution and bushfire smoke on pregnant people

New patient resources warning of the dangers of air pollution and bushfire smoke to pregnant people or those planning to conceive have been issued by the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in what is thought to be a world-first.

Air pollution may affect the growth of newborn babies

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may affect the development of thyroid hormones which are essential for regulating fetal growth and metabolism, according to researchers at the University of the Basque Country.

Air pollution's invisible toll on your health

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with pre-existing heart or lung disease are the most vulnerable.

Asthma in toddlers linked to in-utero exposure to air pollution, study finds

Infants whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of tiny air pollution particles during pregnancy are much more likely to develop asthma, according to research.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant people, major study confirms

The report strengthens the CDC’s recommendation that anyone pregnant be offered the vaccine and sets the stage for more “paradigm-changing” vaccine trials during pregnancy.

The U.S. birthrate has dropped again. The pandemic may be accelerating the decline.

The birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, the federal government reported on Wednesday, early evidence that the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a trend among American women of delaying pregnancy.

No pregnancy risk found from 2 COVID-19 vaccines, preliminary research shows

Early research suggests that two Covid-19 vaccines pose no greater risk for pregnant people than for anyone else.

The White House issues its first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health

The proclamation is part of a broader effort to address the vast racial disparities in pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths and complications in the United States.

I’m pregnant. Here’s why I decided to get the coronavirus vaccine

Though the official advice from health authorities remains cautious, the evidence is piling up.

Study cites childhood tumor risk for pesticide exposure during pregnancy

Pesticide exposure during pregnancy might lead to the development of central nervous system tumors during childhood, according to a study involving researchers from UCLA, USC and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Vaccinated pregnant women pass antibodies to babies, early research shows

Pregnant women who receive a coronavirus vaccine may transfer antibodies to their fetuses through umbilical cord blood and to their newborns through breastmilk, early research shows.

The coal plant next door

Near America’s largest coal-fired power plant, toxins are showing up in drinking water and people have fallen ill. Thousands of pages of internal documents show how one giant energy company plans to avoid the cleanup costs.

Climate change is leading to premature births in the Brazilian Amazon

Extreme weather patterns and flooding worsened by climate change are adversely affecting the health of babies born in the Amazon rainforest.

How harmful is bushfire smoke during pregnancy?

During the black summer bushfires Sonya gave birth six weeks early. Afterwards, when her doctor told her that bushfire smoke may have had something to do with it, she was shocked – she had not been warned that this was possible.

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