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.