›› 2011, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (5): 667-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2011.05.030

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Effects of lead exposure in pregnancy on fetuses and infants

MIAO Hong, CHENG Wei-wei   

  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2011-05-28 Published:2011-05-27
  • Supported by:

    Foundation from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, 09XJ21001


Lead exposure in environment is increasingly more serious with the development of industry. According to recent reports, the prevalence of lead poisoning in pregnant women is 10% to 20%, with regional differences. Lowlevel exposure of lead may have negative impact on fetuses through pregnant women, which may influence the physical, intelligence, emotion and nervous system development of infants. The influential factors of blood lead level, the effects and mechanism of lead poisoning in pregnancy on fetuses and infants, and the monitoring and prevention measures of lead poisoning are reviewed in this paper.

Key words: pregnant woman, lead poisoning, fetus, infant