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How will air pollution affect your newborn?

You likely do everything you can to ensure your soon-to-be infant is in a healthy, safe environment at all times. As a pregnant woman, perhaps you've gone to all of the parenting education cases and you've committed to providing him or her with the very best nutrition by maintaining a strict diet. However, if you haven't thought about how air pollution is affecting your little one, there may be more you can do.

According to a new study published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), maternal vitamin D deficiency may be linked to urban air pollution.

"We investigated the associations between gestational exposure to urban air pollutants and vitamin D cord blood serum level," said Nour Baïz, lead study author. "Our findings show for the first time, that exposure to ambient air pollution comparable to current World Health Organization standards might contribute to vitamin D deficiency in newborns."

Medical News Today reports that pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution may be putting their newborns at an increased risk for the development of asthma and allergic diseases.

The researchers found that the link between air pollutions and vitamin deficiency was strongest when women were exposed to pollutants during their third-trimester.  IQAir HealthPro Plus may be great for pregnant women as it uses air filtration technologies in a home to control pollutants.