How are unborn babies affected by polluted air?

Researchers have found that exposure to pollution during pregnancy could have negative effects to childrens' brain development.

702/Cape Talk's Friday Stand-In, who is Melanie Verwoerd, speaks to The Naked Scientist as he shares his knowledge with listeners.

Verwoerd is an author and seasoned politician who served as a Member of Parliament for the ANC.

Listen to the conversation below:

We don't know if pollution is the direct cause of the kind of development in the children but there's cause to believe it.

The Naked Scientist, Dr Chris Smith

They've got blood samples from 462 pregnant women, they then follow up the children as they grow up to the age of 11. By the age of seven to nine, the children have behavioural differences that are more likely to have risk-taking behaviour.

The Naked Scientist, Dr Chris Smith

Exposure to this pollution might have effects on the development of the brain by retarding the natural process.

The Naked Scientist, Dr Chris Smith

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