Fetal Heart Health and Climate Change

Many factors can affect the condition of the fetus in the womb of the mother. The condition of a fetus that is still in its infancy is very susceptible to many things, such as nutrient intake and severe shocks.

Reporting from CNN, based on a study published by the “American Heart Association” climate change turned out to also be a serious factor affecting fetal heart health.

It is estimated, in the period of 2025-2035, many babies will be born with congenital heart abnormalities. Because, during the pregnancy, the mother is exposed to high temperatures that are affected by changes in weather. This is especially true for mothers who are pregnant in spring or summer.

According to this study, a total of 7,000 cases of congenital heart defects will occur in the United States for 11 years. Congenital heart defects can endanger the overall health of the baby and have the potential to affect the way the body works and develops.

The researchers found this fact by looking at the data collected in the National Birth Prevention Study and synchronizing with climate data from the United States government.

Actually it’s not clear what the correlation between fetal heart health and high temperature is. However, when research is conducted on animals, heat can cause fetal cell death and can have a negative impact on proteins which play a role in its development.

In previous studies, it was mentioned that too high temperatures can cause fetuses to be born faster, fetal weight below normal, and disruption during childbirth.

The researcher, Dr. Shao Lin, said that the worrying effect of climate change on human health requires higher preparedness and anticipation, care and follow-up for heart congenital heart problems is also likely to last a lifetime.