In recent years, there has been growing concern about the impact of climate hazards on maternal and perinatal health. Extreme heat, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of complications 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.
However, the risks associated with climate hazards during pregnancy are not limited to physical health. Exposure to these hazards can also have a significant 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 essential that we recognize and address the potential impact of climate hazards on maternal and perinatal health in order to mitigate these risks and improve outcomes for both mothers and their babies. Understanding the various ways in which climate hazards can affect pregnancy and maternal health is crucial for developing effective interventions and support systems. By working towards ensuring the well-being of expectant mothers and their infants, even in the face of environmental challenges, we can help to reduce the burden of adverse perinatal outcomes caused by climate change.