Soot particles found in placenta as babies exposed to pollution while still in womb

Soot particles found in placenta as babies exposed to pollution while still in womb

Babies are exposed directly to air pollution while still in the womb, scientists have discovered for the first time, after finding particles of soot buried deep in the placenta.

Black carbon was found in the placenta of five pre-term, and 23 full-term, births in Belgium with the number of particles rising if a woman lived in a highly polluted area.

The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to the baby during development, and gets rid of waste products, but particles were found on both the mother’s side and the baby’s, suggesting the pollutants were passing through. 

Researchers at the University of Belgium said the finding may provide a reason why pollution during pregnancy is linked to detrimental…

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