Rain Babies: Weather changes may cause premature births in the Amazon

Babies born during periods of heavy rainfall weighed on average 183 grams less than babies born at other times, with the difference growing to 646 grams in the lowest socioeconomic classes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The health of babies born in the Amazon rainforest is affected by erratic weather conditions and floods caused by climate change.

Luke Parry and his colleagues from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom compared rainfall levels to the birth weights and pregnancy durations of nearly 300,000 babies born in the Brazilian Amazon between 2006 and 2017.

They noticed that after extreme weather conditions like flooding and droughts, babies in riverside villages were more likely to be born early (before 37 weeks) and underweight. Prematurity and low birth weight are related to adverse educational, physical, and . . .

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