Study finds possible connection between wildfire exposure, premature birth
A study of more than 2.5 million pregnant people in California found those exposed to wildfire smoke for at least one day faced a higher risk of giving birth prematurely.
Researchers collected data from hospital records of pregnant people from 2007 to 2012. Then they analyzed zip codes to see if the women were near a wildfire when pregnant.
The odds of pre-term birth increased with every day of exposure.
Since the smoke from wildfires can travel thousands of miles, this could even impact people on the East Coast.
More research now must be done.