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Posted: 12:28 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. —
Stanford researchers say expectant mothers who breath traffic pollution early in their pregnancies are at a higher risk of having babies with serious birth defects. Stanford School of Medicine released the study Thursday and it revealed traffic pollution poses a threat to the unborn baby during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Researchers studied hundreds of new mothers in San Joaquin Valley, one of the most polluted areas in the nation. Using data from as far back as 1997, they determined expectant women living in polluted areas are at a higher risk than those in less polluted areas. "We found people that lived in areas with high carbon monoxide exposure during pregnancy, early in pregnancy, that they had a higher risk of spina bifida," said Amy Padula, senior author of the study. Researchers say one in 33 babies is born with a birth defect, but they don't know what causes two-thirds of the the conditions. They say this new research sheds more light on a specific category. "We found an association between specific air pollutants with neural tube defects," Padula said. "So, neural tube defects are malformations of the brain and spine that are present at birth." A prenatal yoga instructor told KTVU she applauds researchers for looking into the topic. "It's very imperative and extremely important to no only women but to us as a community," said prenatal yoga instructor Talei Morgan. Researchers say it's too early to advise pregnant women to do anything different. They say further study is needed to see if there is a genetic predisposition to birth defects and pollution exposure.
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