How Does Climate Change Impact Maternal Health During Pregnancy?

Heatwaves

Studies have shown that pregnant women exposed to extreme heat are at an increased risk for preterm birth and low birth weight babies.

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Extreme Weather Events

Natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, or wildfires can lead to stress, injury, poor nutrition, and limited access to healthcare, affecting both the mother and the unborn child.

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Air Pollution

Climate change exacerbates air pollution. Prolonged exposure to polluted air can lead to pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and fetal growth restriction.

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Vector-Borne Diseases

Warmer temperatures can increase the range of mosquitoes, leading to an increase in diseases like Zika and Malaria, which can cause severe complications during pregnancy.

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Food Insecurity

Climate change negatively affects food production, leading to malnutrition which affects pregnant women, potentially leading to issues like fetal growth restriction and other complications.

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Water Scarcity

Droughts and decreasing water quality can lead to dehydration and associated health issues in pregnant women, such as preterm labor.

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Stress and Mental Health

The constant worry about the changing climate and its consequences can cause stress and mental health issues, which can lead to complications during pregnancy.

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