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Study says Black Carbon Particles from Air Pollution Found on Fetal Side of Placentas

Studies have recently found that black carbon particles from air pollution can be found in an expecting mother’s womb. Breathing polluted air can risk both the mother and the expected child’s life. After screening 28 mothers, it has been observed that an expecting mother can go through major health complications due to breathing carbon particles present in the ambient air in their surroundings.

Air pollution is risking the life of expecting mothers:

A team of researchers from Hasselt University in Belgium went on to screen 28 expecting mothers and found that there were black carbon particles which are part of combustion-derived particle matter in the placenta.

What is even more shocking that air pollution is not only risking the life of the mother but also of the child who may face major health complications later in his/her life. The study was recently published in the journal – Nature Communications and a lot of people are reported to be upset on this revealing.

The study suggests that the placenta – a temporary organ which works as in nourishment barrier between the mother and the fetus in the entire pregnancy – may not be as impermeable to environmental pollutants.

However, the researchers are finding techniques to understand the presence of carbon particles on the fetus side of the placenta.

“The carbon particle load found in the placentae was positively associated with the residential exposure of the mothers to the pollutants during gestation.” – Study reveals.

Shocking – Black Carbon Particles from Air Pollution Found in the placenta

Here is a video from downtoearth.org which shows how polluted air particles inhaled by the pregnant mothers reach her placenta

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