You may not have realised that during bushfire season, air quality is significantly affected due to the production of smoke. Short-term, this can have negative consequences for sensitive individuals (i.e. asthma sufferers, younger children and older people). However, prolonged exposure to air pollution in pregnancy is also linked to increased rates of pre-term birth, decreased birth weight, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and gestational diabetes (1).
The best way to reduce your risk of breathing polluted air is by limiting your exposure. Our advice is to stay indoors as much as possible with your air conditioning on re-cycle. Avoid exercising outdoors during this time and if you must go outside, it is advisable to use a P2 facemask.
Flinders Fertility’s move to our new Glenelg facility has meant that we were able to install state-of the-art embryology laboratory filtration systems to ensure the laboratory has good air quality at all times. This bushfire season we are also constantly monitoring the air quality in the laboratory and in theatre to ensure that we maintain safe culture conditions.