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Lead can pass from the mother to her unborn child before birth. Very high levels of lead can increase the risk of a miscarriage, or cause the baby to be born too small or too early.
If your house was built before 1978, it could have lead paint in it. Don't sand, scrape, or burn lead paint. This could cause lead to get into your body and pass into your baby's body.
Don't do any of the following:
If your house was built before 1978 and contains lead paint, don't do any of this work yourself. You should not be in your home while this work is being done. Return to your home only after it has been properly cleaned.
For more information on how to clean after repair or renovation work, call the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) at (800) 532-9571.
Lead can exist in more than just paint. When you are pregnant, you and other family members should not use these items because they may contain lead:
Eat foods high in calcium, vitamin C, and iron. These foods help prevent lead from getting into your blood and harming your unborn baby:
Take your prenatal vitamins every day.
Don't use bone meal or dolomite as calcium supplements, as they may contain lead.
After your baby is born, the Massachusetts Lead Law requires the property owner to have lead hazards removed or covered, or put under interim control. This applies only if the house was built before 1978.
Have your home tested for lead by a licensed lead inspector. If you rent, ask the owner about having the home tested for lead. You can also call your local board of health for a lead determination.
Any lead hazards must be corrected according to Massachusetts guidelines.