Effect of Diwali pollution on pregnant mother or growth of her baby

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As you look forward to celebrating Diwali this fortnight, it is imperative for you to know the effect of Diwali pollution on pregnancy and the growth of the baby.
There is enough scientific evidence to show the effects of pollution in pregnancy. Breathing in air pollutants can cause harm to an expectant mother and the longer exposure to the pollutants can impact the growth of the baby.

Various scientific studies have found that long term exposure to air pollutants can cause any of the following:

  • intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR)
  • low birth weight
  • increased risk of a premature delivery
  • poor placental growth and function
  • heart defects in the baby

To help limit your exposure to pollutants during and after Diwali you can try the following:

  • Say no to crackers in your home instead celebrate with earthen diyas, lanterns and electrical lights.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed, especially at the time when most of the firecrackers are being lit.
  • Consider wearing a mask, especially if you have to be outdoors for long and will be in the smoke of the firecrackers.
  • If possible, stay indoors during the peak time when fireworks are in full swing and the next few days after Diwali when there is often smog and high levels of pollution.
  • If you commute to work, keep the windows of your car closed and the recycle button on your air ventilator or air conditioner on.

While the festivities are on and during the few days after Diwali, be sure to contact your doctor right away if you experience any:

  • breathlessness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headaches


The information given in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We urge readers to seek the advice of a physician before trying any home remedies.