Prenatal Exposure To Pollution Might Increase Autism Risk
Harvard researchers found children whose mothers were exposed to high pollution levels in the third trimester were twice as likely to develop autism.By Madison Burke | December 18, 2014
Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of pollution while they were pregnant could have up to twice the risk of developing autism, according to a new study.
Scientists at Harvard found women exposed to high levels of fine particulates in the air, especially during their third trimester, were much more likely to have children with autism.
This is the first nationwide study to look at the correlation between prenatal exposure to air pollution and autism. Previous studies have suggested such a link as well, although those studies were much smaller in nature.