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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 and some extra care in the housekeeping department must be allowed to make sure yours and the baby’s health is not put at risk. If you’re experiencing a low risk pregnancy, 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’. If you’re experiencing a high risk pregnancy, forget about it. You need rest. Check out a few recommendations below!

Moving furniture or heavy objects

You should avoid it especially 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. As to how much effort is too much: if you get tired, feel like your need to take deep breaths or feels any pain, stop at once and ask for help. You should avoid any strenous activity.

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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 easily, 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: the weight of your body and a shift in your center of gravity can throw off your balance.  

Cleaning products

Around the world food and drug regulatory agencies make sure household cleaning products are 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. It´s very important that you don’t mix products, some chemicals when mixed can result in extremely toxic substances, such as ammonia and bleach; doing this can be very dangerous for anyone to inhale.

Take some extra care, making sure to wear gloves in order 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 arent any airways you should at least have 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 can really make you feel sick – dizziness, nausea, headache and vomiting. The recommendation also applies to the painting of the baby’s room – ask someone else to paint. If you don’t feel well, go to an environment with greater ventilation and rest.cause diseaness, nausea, headaches and vomiting.As to painting the baby’s room – it´s best to get somebody else to do it for you.

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

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.

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