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Lead Paint and Pregnancy

Exposure to lead can be detrimental to the health of any individual, however, certain at-risk groups such as pregnant women face an additional risk of the harmful effects of lead to both themselves and their babies. In areas where lead and lead paint are more common, such as  Baltimore., pregnant women should be aware of the potential harm that lead ingestion or lead poisoning can cause. Here, the lead litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. discuss the harmful effects lead can have on pregnant women and their children, as well as what to do if you or a loved one have been a victim of lead poisoning.

Lead Poisoning Can Have Detrimental Effects to Mothers and Children 

While many people have heard of the dangers of lead or lead poisoning, it can be difficult to understand the specifics and evaluate if you or your loved ones may be at risk. Lead is a naturally occurring metal, and can be found in products including paint, pipes and even cosmetics. Too much contact with lead may lead to a myriad of health problems, some of which require hospitalization. Pregnant women find themselves at higher risk due to the fact that babies in-utero ingest lead at a much faster rate, exacerbating the harmful effects and leading to potentially severe developmental. Lead in the body of the mother can also impact the unborn child, as lead from the mother’s bloodstream can cross into the baby’s. Lead present during pregnancy may cause developmental delays and behavioral problems in the child, and if severe enough, may lead to a misscarriage or stillbirth. 

How to Lessen the Risk of Lead Exposure During Pregnancy

Lead in the body can be extremely dangerous, partially due to the fact that certain women may not show symptoms of lead ingestion or lead poisoning. When trying to lessen the risk of lead exposure, there are a variety of steps you can take to protect the health of yourself and your unborn child. Check your home for the potential of lead paint, have your water tested for the presence of lead and stay away from hobbies or jobs that may use lead.  If there is a potential that you have been exposed to lead before or during pregnancy, it is vital that you consult a medical professional to ensure that no additional risks are posed to you or your baby. 

Discuss Your Options With the Lead Litigation Attorneys at the Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A.

Lead poisoning can pose serious risks to all people, especially pregnant women and their children. Transfer of lead between the mother and baby can cause drastic effects, including neurological disabilities and potential miscarriage. Knowing how to adequately protect yourself and your children from the harmful effects of lead is vital in keeping your children from lifelong hardship. If you or a loved one believe you have been adversely affected by lead exposure or lead poisoning,  contact the lead litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. today.