Pregnant women go to great lengths to protect their unborn child. Often, this includes combing over every inch of space around a home to ensure there are no hidden dangers like mold that could affect the child. However, something as simple as catching a cold could have an effect on the future health of the baby.
According to new research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the more common colds a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the chance the child will develop asthma. Any infections or bacterial exposure experienced by the mother impacted the utero environment of the child, thereby increasing the odds of respiratory issues later on.
"We know that allergy and asthma can develop in the womb since genetics play a factor in both diseases," said Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist. "But this study sheds light about how a mother's environment during pregnancy can begin affecting the child before birth."
Expectant mothers - or any other individual concerned about personal health - may want to consider investing in a professional-grade device such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This home air purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a safer and more comfortable indoor space.