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Pregnancy & Lead: What Are The Risks?

Pregnancy & Lead: What Are The Risks?

Pregnancy Lead Risks

Lead can pose many risks during pregnancy, and M3 Environmental wants to help Monterey area expectant mothers understand and reduce their chances of lead exposure. Our professional testing services can help you avoid contact that may affect your health negatively and introduce potentially dangerous pregnancy complications.

Lead Exposure Matters

Lead is a heavy metal that can be found in many places: soil, water, cosmetics made outside of the US, old paint, plumbing, and batteries, to name a few. Most people have small amounts in their blood. Unfortunately, prolonged or frequent exposure causes your body to store and accumulate lead over time and may cause or exacerbate many health issues.

Healthy Moms – Healthy Babies

When you are pregnant, lead exposure can also affect your unborn baby. Amounts in a mother’s blood are nearly identical to the amounts in a baby’s blood. It’s best to reduce your exposure as much as possible.

Exposure to lead during pregnancy can result in a host of complications for your pregnancy and your infant.

  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Preeclampsia
  • Preterm Labor & Delivery
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Developmental Delays
  • Learning & Behavior Problems

What Happens If I Have Lead Poisoning?

If you or your doctor suspects lead exposure and poisoning, they can perform a blood test. If you know or suspect that you and your family have been exposed, you should alert your health care providers immediately, and if you are pregnant, be sure to inform your obstetrician right away.

Signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children:

  • Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sluggishness & Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Hearing Loss

While children are at the highest risk, lead poisoning is dangerous for adults as well.

  • Difficulties With Memory & Concentration / Brain Fog
  • Joint & Muscle Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Headache
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Mood Disorders

Testing For Your Family’s Health & Safety

These signs and symptoms can be challenging to detect and do not usually appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated in the body. Inspection and testing for any possible sources are easy when you count on us.

At M3 Environmental, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to perform your lead inspection. We can test your home or business for lead paint and can perform soil and drinking water testing as well.

Our environmental consultants will provide you with a thorough inspection, provide an assessment of our findings, and a plan of action to remedy contamination found on the property. Once remediation is complete, we can then retest your property for lead to ensure that these efforts were effective.

We Provide Peace Of Mind

Our goal at M3 Environmental is to provide Monterey area residents with the knowledge that their homes are safe and healthy places for their families. Contact us today to schedule testing if you are pregnant and worried about lead or suspect you may be suffering from exposure in your home.