The Importance of Air Quality for Expecting Mothers
As we go about our daily lives, we may not always be aware of the significant impact that air quality can have on our health. For pregnant mothers, however, it is especially crucial to pay attention to the air we breathe. Poor air quality can lead to various adverse health outcomes for both the mother and the developing fetus. In this context, awareness and education about air quality are more critical than ever before, and it is essential for us all to understand the risk factors and take necessary precautions to ensure a healthy pregnancy, even more if you are reading this while carrying an unborn life in you.
In this article, we will explore the importance of air quality and ways to protect you and your unborn baby during pregnancy at home.
Importance of Air Quality at Home
It's a simple concept; healthy air, healthy mummy and baby. During pregnancy, mothers spend most of their time indoors especially at home. Although air at home can be cleaner than outdoors, it can be worse than many think especially when you live in the city surrounded by multiple sources of pollution. Breathing polluted air during pregnancy can have negative effects on both the mother and the developing fetus.
So what exactly are the pollutants that are risky for pregnant mothers? For starters, there is fine particulate matter (PM2.5). PM2.5is a collection of tiny particles that are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter (for comparison, a human hair is about 100 micrometres), which includes:
1. Fine particles from smoke, dust, and vehicle exhaust
2. Sulfates and nitrates from power plants, industries, and vehicles
3. Biological pollutants like pollen, mold spores, and bacteria
4. Particles from construction sites and roadwork
5. Chemicals released in the air from household products, industrial processes, and fires
These particles are so small that once inhaled, they can penetrate our lungs and even get into our bloodstream. High levels of air pollution have been linked to preterm birth, low birth weight, and even birth defects. Apart from that, expecting mothers exposed to high levels of air pollution are also more likely to develop respiratory infections, which can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy. These outdoor pollutants may travel into your home via windows or doors and can
On the other hand, allergens that are commonly present in the air at home such as pollen, animal dander, dust or smoke also contributes to poor air quality which may lead to other health problems for expectant mothers, including asthma, allergies, and heart disease. With this in mind, how do we overcome indoor air pollution? Or how do we minimize it? Here's how.
Tips on Improving Air Quality at Home
1. Clean Regularly
Get your husband/helper to do regular cleaning of the house to rid off dust and any unwanted pollutants in your home. Accumulation of dust can be hazardous to the air you breathe and affects your lungs as well as the unborn baby.
2. Use natural cleaning products
Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies. Consider using natural cleaning products instead, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
3. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
This needs no introduction. Cigarette smoke or even vaping can harm both the mother and the developing baby. Pregnant women should avoid smoking and being around people who smoke.
4. Use an Air Purifer
Using an Air Purifier can significantly remove pollutants from the air along with giving proper ventilation. It is important to use an Air Purifier with a HEPA-13 filter as it's capable of filtering up to 99.97% pollutants in the air at home! That includes Step 1,2 & 3!
Compact + Power has always been a myth until the Sterra Breeze™ came along thanks to our neighbors in Singapore (they can't claim Nasi Lemak, but they can definitely make and design an Air Purifier!). Equipped with UV, ION and a silent VX motor, this small yet powerful air purifier is capable of filtering 400 m3/hr of fresh clean air for an area up to 700 square feet (3 bedrooms)!
Apart from smell & odors, this air purifier is also capable of eliminating up to 99.97% of all airborne pollutants at home especially dust, smoke and pollen thanks to the revolutionary HEPA-13 filteryou can only find in the Sterra Breeze™ Air Purifier.
Filters larger dust clumps, hair, fur, pollen & lint. Keeping your home clean from dust
2. HEPA-13 Filter
Filters micro dust, pet dander, pollen, virus & dust mites that triggers asthmatic people
3. Activated Charcoal
Removes the bad smell in air (stale smell from dust, bad odors, smoke, etc)
Dust are light and sticky and is one of the most common pollutants at home! Larger dust particles are usually trapped in your nose and mouth and are easily breathed out. It's the finer dust particles that pose more risk; they are able to penetrate your lungs and, if ultrafine, can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, which is dangerous to pregnant mothers!
But thanks to the HEPA-13 filter in the Sterra Breeze™, these dust particles will be filtered out and cleansed from the air in your home. You don't even need to clean your home that often anymore!
ABSORBS & FILTERS
SMOKEIN YOUR HOME
Smoke in the house can either come from inside or outside your home. Inside means from cooking or a smoker (seriously, stop) while outside means smoke entered via windows or doors from the surroundings of your home.
Smoke is definitely a big NO for expecting mothers as smoke irritates the airways, making them swollen, narrow, and filled with sticky mucus, which restricts the flow of air in and out of the lungs.
The Sterra Breeze™ Air Purifier has a powerful Silent-VX Motor which although quiet (20dB on its lowest speed setting), is powerful enough to absorb and filter smoke traces in your home.
Did you know its the dander of pets that triggers an allergic reaction? Dander is dead skin cells or flakes that can be found on your pet’s fur and skin. Dander is microscopic and its average size is just 2.5 microns, which can easily be filtered by the Sterra Breeze™ Air Purifier along with their fur!
Regular activities like petting your cat or dog, and even dusting or vacuuming your home can cause fur and other allergens to stir around in the air.
The ION function binds particles and pollen in the air such as viruses and dust particles so their easily trapped in the HEPA-13 filter.
Next, UV add-on panel functions as a sterilizer and kills the viruses and bacteria trapped in the filter, cleaning and sanitizing the air you breathe in!
Sterra is a brand set out to change the way people drink water at home. We believe everyone deserves to drink water conveniently. Sterra is a product and customer-focused company. We take pride in our excellence in design, quality and value to customers.
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