Some things that can be done:
- Test for radon, formaldehyde, mold, lead, and asbestos.
- Use up-to-date carbon monoxide detectors and ensure you change the batteries according to the package directions or guidelines put forth by your state.
- Ensure your home has proper ventilation systems
- Use air purifier, preferably HEPA to reduce airborne pollutants and allergens.
- Change the filter on your furnace regularly, which blows air throughout your home.
- Keep indoor plants, which have been shown to drastically reduce indoor pollution and increase oxygen.
- Use greener household cleaners/detergents.
- Use fragrance free products.
- Remove or properly store paints, polyurethanes, and other household chemicals.
- Air out your home regularly, by opening windows and running fans (not during pollen season if you have environmental allergies like I do).
- Avoid purchasing furniture/building materials made with pressed wood--especially baby furniture. Find out what types of chemicals are used in the types of furniture bought. Some glues contain formaldehyde.
- Hold off on any major building plans in your home while pregnant including ripping up carpet or remodeling--if you do choose to paint, use no-voc paint and avoid being in contact while painting is occurring and until the area can be properly ventilated.
- Let all new furniture, etc have time to gas off before exposing self or baby.
- Avoid using regular dry cleaners. If necessary, minimize and remove all plastic coverings/materials before bringing item into your home. Research more "environmentally-friendly" dry cleaners that use less toxic chemicals.
- Avoid using vinyl or PVC near self/infant as these materials also let off toxic gases.
Some more resources on indoor pollution and ways to circumvent known issues:
In health and wellness,