A recent study in Australia suggests that exposure to traffic pollution can increase the risk of pregnant women suffering from pre-eclampsia. The risk is even higher for the women who are already suffering from diseases like diabetes, etc. Moreover, indigenous women as well are more prone to such disorder when exposed to traffic pollution.
Pre-eclampsia is a disorder which likely occurs in pregnancy or post-pregnancy and it can be of high risk for the mother's as well as the unborn child's health. It is prone to develop late in pregnancy and has its adverse impact on various functionalities of the body like cardiovascular system or even kidneys and lungs. Travelling in a car or any other automobile in areas which have high concentration of traffic pollution can cause huge harm to a pregnant woman.
The study has not noticed which chemicals in air cause the disorder but it has highlighted that women with gestational diabetes more spontaneously catch up pre-eclampsia. This happens steadily as their pregnancy progresses and hence, traffic pollution precipitates impulsively in already susceptible pregnant women.
Though avoiding traffic prone areas is nearly impossible for women living in urban areas, going on a travel or travelling down in the city area itself should be avoided to sustain good health in pregnancy. Higher the air-pollutants, greater is the risk of such type of disorder and hence, pregnant women should take proper care to prevent from this disorder. Traffic related air pollution is more impulsive than initiative and this can be one reason why it is most of the time noticed in late pregnancy. As a result, development of the disorder is dependent on the woman's nature of the body. Though high concentration of traffic pollution, some women tend to develop pre-eclampsia while some of them don't.
Such air traffic pollution can be life-risky in late pregnancy and with high concentration of air-pollutants, for some women it could prove to be the final stage. According to the study, it has been noticed that 4% of the pregnant women in the time span of 5 years can develop pre-eclampsia. The further studies about this topic are yet to be done and then it will be proven that which chemicals and what exactly cause the pre-eclampsia disorder.