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LEAD and PREGNANCY DON’T MIX                   

                                 Unborn babies can be exposed to lead in these ways;

A pregnant woman’s present exposure to lead can put an unborn baby at risk.

    1-  A pregnant women breathes in or swallows lead.

    2- The lead enters her bloodstream.

    3- The lead passes through the placenta (the organ that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the baby).

    4- The lead gets into the unborn baby’s bones, as well as the brain and other organs,

A pregnant woman’s past exposure to lead can also cause problems during pregnancy.

    1- A women breathes in or swallows lead and the lead enters her bloodstream

    2-  Some of the lead is stored in her bones, where it can remain for years.

    3- During pregnancy, the body needs minerals stored in the bones. Lead may be released with the minerals.

    4- The lead enters the woman’s bloodstream again and passes through the placenta to the baby.

    5- The lead passes into the unborn baby’s bones as well as the brain and other organs.


Interventions to prevent lead poisoning

  • 1-       If you’re fixing up a room for the baby, don’t remove paint. Old paint can have lead in it. During removal, you can breathe in lead dust, which can travel through your blood to your unborn baby. While you are pregnant, stay away from places where fixing up or remodeling is going on.
  • 2-       Make sure there is no lead danger where you work (ie – construction,

plumbing, painting, auto repair). Talk with your supervisor and your health care provider right away if you are pregnant. Follow occupational safety guidelines to limit your exposure.

  • 3-       If someone in your household works with lead, make sure that person

showers and changes clothes before coming home. Work clothes should never be washed with the family laundry.

  • 4-       Avoid hobbies that may expose you to lead, such as making leaded stained glass or refinishing furniture. Read labels on paints and other arts and crafts materials to be sure they don’t contain lead.

         5-    Store and serve food safely. For example:

                 ***  Don’t drink hot beverages out of ceramic mugs if you’re unsure

                         about the glaze.

                 ***  Don’t store food or liquid in open cans with lead seams, lead

                         crystal, or pottery or ceramics that may have a lead glaze.

  • 6-        Avoid products that contain lead. Be aware that some folk

remedies and cosmetics produced outside the U. S. contain lead.

  • 7-       For cleaning, use a damp mop/cloth often to reduce lead dust. Wash your hands after you clean. Always wash hands before making meals or eating.
  • 8-       Eat right to get ahead of lead. Foods high in iron and calcium can

                lower your lead risk ( spinach, eggs, collard greens, cheese, milk)

Get in Touch!!

To arrange an in-service, request Lead Poisoning prevention material, or arrange for the center to participate at your next health fair;

  • §   Call:    516 663-3492/2650
  • §   Fax:    516 663-9303
  • §   Email:
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  • §   Mail:   Long Island Regional Lead Poisoning  

                   Prevention Resource Center

107 Mineola Blvd. 2nd Floor
Mineola, NY, 11501