Air pollution and low term birthweight
In an Article in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, the ESCAPE study group estimate the effects on term birthweight of maternal exposure during pregnancy to air and traffic pollution. With data for more than 74 000 European mother—child pairs, they show that rises in the concentrations of some pollutants during pregnancy significantly increase the risk of low birthweight at term. The effect is recorded even when pollution is lower than the recommended European Union limit. The implications of these results are discussed in a linked Comment.
The Lancet 15-10-2013