Lead and Pregnancy

Adults, including pregnant women, may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breathe lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating, and during renovation or repair work that disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used, such as making stained glass, can increase exposure as can certain folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant woman's exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby. Additional information for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers is available.

Sources of lead at home:

Protect Your Pregnancy

Too much lead in your body can:

  • Put you at risk for 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

The best thing that you can do to put your mind at ease is to speak with your doctor.