• Exposure to x-rays can slow your baby's growth and cause other problems.
  • Workplace, household and garden chemicals that are easily breathed in are especially dangerous; these would include fumes from paint, cleaning fluids and varnish.
  • Lead, which can be found in lead paint, lead crystal, tap water and certain traditional remedies, can be breathed in or swallowed.
  • Soiled cat litter can spread a disease which can cause birth defects. You will want to avoid changing the litter box during pregnancy.
  • Rodents (mice, rats, hamsters) can also spread a disease that may cause birth defects.
  • Hot tubs and saunas have excessive heat that can damage your baby's growing brain and spinal cord.
  • Family violence, especially physical abuse can harm you and your baby.