Climate hazards such as extreme heat can have serious consequences for pregnant women, including an increased risk of complications that can lead to adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. These complications may include gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth.
In addition to the physical health risks associated with climate hazards during pregnancy, 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 important for healthcare providers and policymakers to recognize 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 together towards ensuring the well-being of expectant mothers and their infants, we can help reduce the negative effects of environmental challenges on maternal and perinatal health.