Amazing how what mums-to-be are exposed to affects our bubs! –
Babies born during the grass pollen season are more at risk to of developing respiratory diseases such as asthma, according to a study. But they seem to be protected in the womb if their mother is pregnant during the hay fever season.
The study, carried out in both Europe and Australia, showed babies born when grass pollen is high – from mid May to July in the UK – had elevated levels of antibodies in the blood.
Known as immunoglobulin E (IgE), they are produced by the immune system to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and allergens and are a marker used to predict the development of allergic diseases.