Dangerous products present in the environment

HAZARDS IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Dangers Recommendations
Chemical products
  • Handle with care.
  • Wear a mask, gloves, and work in a well ventilated area.
  • Avoid toxic cleaners and those with toxic vapors. (ex.: oven cleaners).
  • Avoid oil paint. Latex paint is safer.
Mercury
  • Health Canada suggests that a pregnant woman should not eat more than one meal of swordfish, shark, fresh or frozen tuna per month (except canned tuna) because of the high rate of mercury. 
  • Limit your consumption of fresh water fish such as trout to once every two weeks and avoid gray trout.
Lead
  • Run the water tap at least five minutes in the morning before drinking it.
  • Do not drink hot water from the tap because it may contain more lead than cold water.
Insecticides
  • There is no proof that insecticides which contain DEET can be hazardous to the baby.
  • If you use insecticides containing DEET, follow instructions carefully.
Pesticides
  • Avoid being exposed to pesticides and stay away from areas that have been treated with pesticides.
X-rays
  • Avoid all X-rays during pregnancy including dental X-rays.
  • If an X-ray is absolutely necessary during pregnancy, be sure to inform the doctor, dentist, radiology technician that you are pregnant. They will take extra precautions to protect your baby.
Domestics animals
  • Certain domestic animals such as cats, turtles, and iguanas are carriers of infections that can harm your baby.
  • Cats that go outside can carry as parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, an illness that can harm your baby's development.
  • Avoid touching the cat's liter. If possible ask someone else to do it for you.
  • Wear gloves to work outside in your flowers and garden.
  • Always wash your hands with hot water and soap after touching an animal, litter, or outside earth.