Air Purifiers for Pregnant Women and Baby's Rooms

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Why Babies and Expectant Mothers Need an Air Purifier

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that fetuses or babies exposed to chemicals and toxins in the air have an increased chance of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases later in life. In a process known as fetal programming, early exposure to toxic substances can affect genes that make children more susceptible to disease as they grow older.

Over the last decade, a series of groundbreaking studies by Johns Hopkins University has shown that PM2.5 air pollutants can cross the placental barrier in pregnancy, adversely affecting fetal development. The researchers found that even small amounts of particulate air pollution were found to have injurious biological effects at the cellular level, and that current guidelines for safe exposure may not be enough to protect the fetus.

Another recent study showed that a 10 ug/m3 increase in exposure to PM2.5 pollutants over the course of a pregnancy was significantly associated with the risk of congenital anomalies in newborns, particularly cardiac aberrations. Other studies have linked PM2.5 particles to miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight and other poor birth outcomes.

FACT: According to the Harvard School of Public Health, as many as 11% of infant deaths
in the US may be a result of microscopic pollutants in the air

PM2.5 particles are not the only hazardous air pollutants that pregnant women need protection from, with toxic gases also an issue. A recent study showed that a single spike in nitrogen dioxide levels (found in vehicle exhaust) resulted in a 16% increase in the likelihood of a miscarriage in the 7-day window following exposure. In addition, formaldehyde exposure – which is generally higher indoors – has been linked to issues such as reduced fertility, birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

In addition, recent studies now suggest a strong link between the development of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children and high exposure to common household chemicals (e.g., disinfectants, detergents, bleach, window cleaners, oven cleaners) shortly after birth. These and other studies have led researchers to conclude that the timing of the toxic exposure is as important in the development of disease as the actual level of toxins that a person is exposed to, and that limiting early exposure is a critical part of maintaining a baby's health into adulthood.

FACT: Over 40% of baby rooms tested in Europe contained formaldehyde and VOC levels over established government safety guidelines

The Test Your Nest study conducted by WECF delivered more bad news. Scientists tested the air quality in babies' bedrooms across Europe, and found that a high proportion of them contained harmful chemicals over established safety limits (e.g., from cleansers, home heating systems, fresh paint, off-gassing from new furniture and other sources). This is particularly alarming in light of the fact that safety guidelines are established for healthy adults, with newborns and infants being far more susceptible to the toxic/carcinogenic effects of the same pollutants than their parents are. Clearly, detoxifying your home and placing an air purifier in the nursery should be careful considerations in preparing for your baby's arrival.

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Blue Pure 211 Air Purifier for baby's room

Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier by Blueair
Affordable and Adorable

The Blue Pure 211+ offers all the cleaning power of Blueair's higher-end air purifiers at a price that's ideal for budget-conscious parents. It is one of the quietest air purifiers on the market, and at just 31 dB, won't disturb your baby's rest. The 211+ air purifier comes equipped with a Particle/Carbon Combo filter that provides better-than-HEPA filtration of harmful particles as well as light chemical and gas adsorption. A washable fabric pre-filter comes in 5 fun colours, including both pink and blue.

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Austin Air HealthMate Jr. HM200 Air Purifier

Austin Air HealthMate Jr. Air Purifier
Protect Your Baby from Both Particulates and Chemicals

With its combination HEPA/activated carbon filter, the Austin Air HealthMate Jr. is an important addition to any newborn’s bedroom. This unique air purifier features a true medical-grade HEPA filter that delivers superior particle filtration to protect delicate lungs. In addition, the 6.5 lbs. of activated carbon adsorbs dangerous household gases and chemicals, with the added bonus of keeping your baby’s room odour free. The Austin Air HealthMate Jr. produces soothing white noise and is the perfect size for your baby’s room. Hint: Makes a great baby shower gift!

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IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier
Complete Peace of Mind for Expectant Moms

Both expectant mothers and newborns will benefit from the IQAir HealthPro Plus, the #1 rated air purifier in the world. Capturing particles 100x smaller than a standard medical-grade HEPA filter can, this outstanding Swiss-made air purifier easily handles harmful PM2.5 particles, as well as much finer (and more dangerous) particles down to .003 microns. This air purifier's activated carbon filter will also capture the harmful VOCS and gases that lurk in every home so that you can have complete peace of mind during your pregnancy and beyond.

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