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Lead poisoning : are you pregnant?
  • Published Date:
    1/7/09
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Description:
    Lead poisoning is caused by breathing or swallowing lead. Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby.

    Too much lead in your body can:

    • Put you at risk of miscarriage

    • Cause your baby to be born too early or too small

    • Hurt your baby’s brain, kidneys, and nervous system

    • Cause your child to have learning or behavior problems

    Lead can be found in:

    • Paint and dust in older homes, especially dust from renovation or repairs

    • Candy, make up, glazed pots, and folk medicine made in other countries

    • Work like auto refinishing, construction, and plumbing

    • Soil and tap water

    Now is the time to keep your baby safe from lead poisoning. Here’s what you can do:

    1. Watch out for lead in your home

    2. Eat foods with calcium, iron and vitamin C.

    3. Talk to your doctor.

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