Pregnancy Risks at Work and at Home

Additional Home Hazards

You'll need to take precautions with pesticides, too, as all types contain poison. It's probably safest to avoid them whenever possible. In some cases, you may be able to control an insect problem with less toxic products such as boric acid (use the blue-colored form available at hardware stores). Spreading Vaseline under a doorjamb may help head off invading ants, and small jars (with holes poked in the lids) of strong-smelling herbs, such as mint, placed on countertops may deter bugs.

If you must use pesticides, follow these guidelines:

  • Have someone else apply the chemicals, and leave the area for the amount of time indicated on the package.
  • Before pesticide treatment, remove food, dishes, and utensils from the area, including cabinets and drawers. Afterward, make sure someone opens the windows and washes off all surfaces on which food is prepared. If pesticides are used outdoors, close all windows and turn off the air-conditioning so that fumes won't be drawn into the house.
  • Wear rubber gloves when gardening to prevent contact with pesticides.

Your home and workplace are probably already safe for you and your baby. But if you're exposed to hazards at home or on the job, there are steps you can take to reduce any risks.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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