Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby. A person exposed to lead over a long time or who has had high blood levels in the past, can release lead stored in their bones into their blood during pregnancy. This means the blood lead levels can increase during pregnancy.
Risks of high blood lead levels during pregnancy:
- Increased risk for miscarriage
- Prematurity or low birth weight
- Fetal brain, kidney or nervous system damage
- Later learning or behavior challenges