There are protective measures that expectant mothers must take in caring for themselves as well as their baby on the way. We are aware that pregnancy comes with understanding what foods to avoid, travel precautions to be aware of, and certain exercise restrictions. What we may not be aware of is how the quality of air affects soon to be moms and the bundles of joy they are carrying.
Having good air quality is essential for us all, perhaps even more so for those who are expecting. Researchers say air pollution and poor air quality may have a negative impact on fetal growth. According to The American Pregnancy Association, the exposure of air pollutants to an expectant mother can result in low birth weight, preterm birth, preeclampsia, and increase the baby’s chances of developing asthma later in life due to particulate matter breaching the placenta.
Particulate matter is a main cause of indoor pollution. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines particulate matter (also called particle pollution) as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. The use of an air purifier works in filtering these harmful pollutants from the air…as well as a mother and infant’s lungs.
It is important to note that specific types of air purifiers are needed for efficient air quality. The air purifier must contain a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration system, these filters are held to higher standards, must satisfy certain levels of efficiency, and are specifically made to capture particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
Every Winix air purifier proudly carries a True HEPA filter, protecting mother and baby from 99.99%* of airborne pollutants including pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, and other ultrafine particles – down to 0.003 microns in size. While you’re preparing for motherhood, ensure safer and healthier air for yourself and your bundle of joy.
*Based on independent laboratory tests conducted on inanimate particles as small as 0.003 microns.