Safety and Lifestyle

It is important to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy for both you and your baby. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, use street drugs or take prescription drugs that aren’t prescribed for you. All of these things can harm your body and your baby. They can also impact any future pregnancy. Second-hand smoke is dangerous to you and the health of your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you need help to quit.

Quit Smoking Resources:

Don't Smoke! Link

For help to quit smoking, visit Michigan's Quit Tobacco Tools & Resources or call the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

To learn more about alcohol and pregnancy, visit:

Birth Defects

To learn more about birth defects in Michigan visit:

Drug and Substance Use

For information on drug use during pregnancy, visit: Pregnancy & Substance Abuse  Medications & Pregnancy

Seatbelt Safety

Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. When used properly, seat belts save lives and lower the chances of severe injury during car crashes.

Partner Violence

VIOLENCE can cause injury or death for women – pregnant or not – and causes physical and emotional damage that may last a lifetime. Violence toward women, children, or loved ones places families and relationships in danger. Learn more about family violence.

Learn about the dangers of partner violence by visiting
For help, call the National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

Poisons, Chemicals, and Toxic Substances

POISONS (TOXIC SUBSTANCES), such as lead, can harm the reproductive systems of men and women, make it harder to get pregnant, and lead to disease or birth defects. It is important to avoid these substances! Learn more:Toxic Matters - Michigan Healthy Homes

Keep safe from toxoplasmosis by not eating undercooked meat or changing your cat’s litter box. Undercooked meat and cat poop may have parasite in them that causes an infection called toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects.

Keep safe from pets that are rodents, like hamsters, mice and guinea pigs. Rodents can carry a virus called lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) that can harm your baby.

Stay away from harmful chemicals, like paint thinner. Some chemicals may increase your chances of having a baby with birth defects. To learn more about birth defects in Michigan visit:

Safety and Lifestyle resources during pregnancy

CDC smoking factsheet