I was reading in this week’s Take-a-Break magazine on Page 19, “Polluted Pregnancy”.
The article was about new research ‘that suggests high levels of pollution caused by toxic traffic fumes could greatly increase the risk of miscarriage by two and a half times’.
“That’s why experts are advising women to avoid getting pregnant when there are high levels of pollution in the air.
The article goes on to say that experiments in mice studying the effects of air pollution in pregnancy have shown that exhaust particles stops embryos developing properly in the womb and this can trigger a miscarriage.
“The study from Brazil found that miscarriage rates in Brazil were 20 to 30 per cent in winter months compared with 10 to 15 per cent at other times of the year.
Britain is already facing prosecution in the European Court for failing to meet legal limits. By 2012 the UK may also face prosecution for nitrogen dioxide pollution which is higher in London than in any other capital city in Europe.
Levels are rising as more and more people are driving cars running on diesel not petrol.
The Miscarriage Association wants more studies.
However, as is often the case, a foreign study will say it is dangerous but a UK one will say it is safe, and nothing to worry about, we only have to remember the studies about CJD and mobile phones.
I wonder when the CTC and LCC will discuss pollution and pregnancy and how cyclists are affected.