In the face of environmental challenges, it is important to recognize the potential impact of climate hazards on maternal and perinatal health. Exposure to extreme heat, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of complications during pregnancy that can lead to adverse outcomes for both mothers and their babies. These complications may include gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth.
In addition to physical health risks, exposure to climate hazards during pregnancy can also have an impact on mental health. The aftermath of these hazards can contribute to intergenerational trauma and increase stress, anxiety, and depression – all of which are known risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes. It is crucial to develop effective interventions and support systems that address these mental health risks in order to improve outcomes for both mothers and their infants.
To mitigate these risks and ensure the well-being of expectant mothers and their infants, it is important to understand the various ways in which climate hazards can affect pregnancy and maternal health. This knowledge will help us develop effective strategies for addressing these challenges and promoting healthy pregnancies and outcomes for all.