Pregnant women will stop at nothing to ensure the health and safety of their unborn child. Unfortunately, some of the very dangers they could be trying to get away from may be in the air they breathe. A recent study conducted by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University found that air pollution, combined with maternal psychological distress, can have a significant effect on the behavioral development of the child.
Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study claims that air pollution from sources like vehicles, heating systems and tobacco smoke are often tied to issues such as attention problems, anxiety and aggressive behavior. Symptoms were typically found in the children of women who had some sort of emotional and psychological distress during pregnancy.
"This study shows that the combination of physical and psychosocial stressors during fetal development magnifies the effect of each exposure," said Dr. Frederica Perera, the lead author of the study. "The findings are of concern because attention problems and anxiety and depression have been shown to affect peer relationships, academic performance and future well-being of children."
Anyone concerned about pollutants affecting their home should consider investing in professional-grade air purifiers. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants.