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Information for Pregnant Women

Lead is dangerous for the developing fetus, and it can be found in the blood and bones of pregnant women who have been exposed to lead hazards. Once lead is in the body, it can cross the placental barrier and affect the fetus. Immediate effects can include miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and low birth weight. Lead can also be passed to a newborn infant through breast feeding. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your baby from the harmful effects of lead.

  • Mother BreastfeedingThe Ohio Department of Health (ODH)

Prenatal Risk Assessment for Lead

Pregnancy, Lead and Your Baby

Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Lead and a Healthy diet



Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
246 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 1-877-LEADSAFE (532-3723)

Fax: (614) 728-6793

Last Updated: 12/31/2015