Protecting Your Baby From
Environmental Toxins During Pregnancy
Reprinted with permission by Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC). CHEC is a national nonprofit organization working to educate parents and others about preventable health and environmental problems caused by exposure to toxic substances.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR REGULARLY
Schedule prenatal check-ups.
If you, or your partner, work with toxic materials, discuss possible harmful exposures.
Review alternative remedies and complimentary medicines.
BREATHE CLEAN AIR
Don’t smoke and avoid exposure to other sources of smoke.
Ventilate your home well by opening windows daily, except on high ozone days.
Fix leaks and moisture problems to control mold growth.
Properly install and maintain combustion appliances; install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Test for radon gas.
Stay away from gas fumes; don’t pump your own gas.
DRINK CLEAN WATER
Get your water tested.
Let the tap water run for several minutes in the morning to flush lead out.
Use cold water from the tap for cooking & drinking
Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium, iron and folic aid.
Buy organic or locally grown produce.
Wash and peel non-organic fruits and vegetables.
Contact your state department of health for fish consumption advisories; consult CHEC’s Safe Fish list.
Reduce consumption of animal fats.
Don’t use ceramic dishes unless they are certified lead-free.
Avoid microwaving in plastic containers or wraps; use glass.
Avoid alcohol and aspartame sweeteners.
AVOID TOXIC MATERIALS
Do not sand or paint. Consider ANY renovation done in your home potentially harmful to your baby.
Determine if lead hazards are present in your home.
Damp wipe lead paint dust from painted windowsills and door jambs.
Discard vinyl mini blinds of unknown origin.
Avoid gardening within three feet of your home's foundation if built before 1978.
Wet mop floors to reduce exposure to dust.
Avoid toxic fumes emitted by new carpeting, vinyl flooring and furniture.
Don’t use pesticides in your home, or on your lawn and garden.
Use less toxic cleaners or natural cleaning products such as baking soda and vinegar.
Avoid solvents found in nail polish, artificial nails, hair coloring, hair spray and perfumes.
Do not use dry cleaners.
Use mercury-free, digital thermometers.
Do not get silver (amalgam) fillings on your visit to the dentist