If you are pregnant – is mould and living in a water damaged home dangerous?
Many clients ask me if living in a water damaged home or a home with obvious or suspected mould is dangerous. There is a voluminous literature concerning the dangers of living in a water damaged home with respect to respiratory hazards, so I won’t cover this research support here, and point the interested reader to some research available here.
However, I will recap of some recent literature regarding mould and/or water damage and pregnancy.
A 2012 paper provides some interesting findings regarding the deleterious health impacts of the mouldy home on the family as well as their pet dog and the mother gave birth to a baby daughter with a mutation to the NF1 gene causing neurofibromastosis. Even the pet dog was ill. Mould and mycotoxins are an undeniable risk. You can read the full academic paper here.
The relationship between poor indoor air quality and respiratory and other health problems is also well documented in the literature. A recent 2013 paper discusses the relationship between air quality and the success of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). This paper shows how improving the indoor air quality of the laboratory significantly improves the IVF outcome. Again, you can read the Abstract here.
This is just a small sampling of the literature that is out there confirming that bad air, damp buildings and mould are not good for family’s or babies!