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Urban trees and the risk of poor birth outcomes

Urban trees may affect the health of a pregnant woman in ways that protect against SGA. Although the results are preliminary, they highlight the need for more research on the effect of the natural environment on reproductive health.

Donovan, GH et al

Health & Place, 17(1), Jan. 2011, pp. 390-393

Researcheres found that a 10% increase in tree-canopy cover within 50 m of a house reduced the number of small for gestational age births by 1.42 per 1000 births.