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Cleaning during pregnancy: do’s and don’ts

Read about cleaning products safety, safe housekeeping and physical effort during pregnancy

So, you are tired of hearing, “pregnancy is not a disease.” Well, it really isn’t, but things work differently in the pregnant body. Some extra care in the housekeeping department must be allowed to ensure your health and the baby’s health is not put at risk. Suppose you’re experiencing a low-risk pregnancy. In that case, you’re free to do your cleaning and tidying up chores – sweeping, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, plus cooking, washing, and ironing… – however, there are a few ‘buts.’ 

However, if you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, forget about it. You need to rest and to check out a few recommendations below!

Moving furniture or heavy objects

You should avoid it mostly in your last semester. A good rule of thumb is to not do any heavy pushing, pulling, or lifting as soon as your belly starts growing. The main issue here is that you can hurt you’re back. Remember, it’s already carrying extra weight.

How much effort is too much?

If you get tired, feel like you need to take deep breaths, feel any pain, stop at once, and ask for help. You should avoid any strenuous activity.

+How to alleviate back pain?

Cleaning windows and climbing ladders

These activities are only safe in the first trimester. As your belly grows, a hormone called relaxin starts working and relaxes your body’s joints, leaving them looser, leaving you a little bit more out of balance. You can fall much more quickly, so climbing on chairs, ladders, or other furniture should be avoided. The good news is, there is no problem in stretching your arms to reach for something, as long as it does not destabilize your balance point. Remember: Your body’s weight and a shift in your center of gravity can throw off your balance. 

Cleaning products

Food and drug regulatory agencies around the world make certain household cleaning products safe to use during pregnancy (read labels and look for warning signs and avoid heavy-duty cleaners). As long as you follow the manufacturer’s directions, even bleach is ok. You mustn’t mix products. When combined, some chemicals can result in extremely toxic substances, such as ammonia and bleach; doing this can be dangerous for anyone to inhale.

Take some extra care.

Make sure to wear gloves to avoid direct contact between your skin and chemicals, and make sure the place you’re cleaning is well ventilated. Keep doors and windows open while cleaning. If there aren’t any airways, you should have a fan working in the room with you. These steps are taken so fumes will dissipate and you don’t inhale them. Breathing in those fumes may really make you feel sick – dizziness, nausea, headache, and vomiting. The recommendation also applies when painting the baby’s room – ask someone else to paint. 

Although there is a study that says frequent exposure to chemicals can harm the baby, increasing asthma cases, there is not enough research to prove it.

And, remember, if you don’t feel well, go to a better-ventilated place and rest.

Read next:

+ What can and can’t I do? Which attitudes should be avoided at this stage?

+ Shoes: which ones to wear during pregnancy?

+ Pregnant and sick: What to do?

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