(KUTV) Having a healthy baby is every mom's goal, but Utah's bad air quality could be making it harder.
Registered Nurse Al Romeo from the Department of Health joined us in studio to talk about what impact bad air is having on mom and baby?
Based on current research, poor air quality is not expected to increase the risk of birth defects or other poor pregnancy outcomes.
Stress, such as working more than 40 hours a week or working at a physically demanding job, may pose a greater risk for preterm births than poor air quality.
During poor air quality days, pregnant and breastfeeding moms are encouraged to reduce exercise time and avoid exercising near high-traffic roads.
Leave a smaller carbon footprint for pregnant moms and babies by driving less, walking more, and using mass-transportation options.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should talk to their primary care provider if they have continued or recurring coughing, wheezing or eye, nose, or throat irritation on poor air quality days.
Website to check air quality: http://health.utah.gov/healthyair/
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