Poison Prevention for Pregnant Women

Poison Prevention Tips

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home. Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves in good repair. Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially dangerous for the fetus.
  • Only take medicines approved by your health care provider. Whether it's prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbals, botanicals, or supplements, always consult with your healthcare professional first.
  • Discuss whether you should be screened for lead poisoning with your healthcare provider.
  • If your home requires renovations, do your research: learn beforehand if there is lead in the paint or plaster.
  • Avoid antique cribs and toys that may contain lead, or which otherwise fail to meet current safety standards.
  • Discuss food safety with your healthcare provider:
    • Avoid fish with high levels of mercury.
    • Avoid soft cheeses and deli meats that could be contaminated with Listeria.


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