During pregnancy you may feel the urge to clean and prepare the house for the arrival of your future newborn. Some household chores can be hazardous to you and the little life growing inside you. It is important to be aware of the products you are using and keep safety concerns in mind, especially if you have had any pregnancy complications.
Take a look through our list of household chores that you should avoid during pregnancy.
1. Using harsh chemicals
Products such as mosquito spray, oven cleaner and bleach all have noxious fumes. If you must tackle problems such as bugs, dirty ovens and toilets while pregnant, seek out alternatives. Ant chalk and fly tape can take care of bugs and try using vinegar, baking soda, and lemons as natural cleaning solutions.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t maintain a clean house. Like many other activities, it simply means changing your approach. Be careful, enlist help and pay attention; you’ll soon be back to your old routine before you know it.
Some advice from mothers who have been there and done that
Mary Anne: “My skin was hypersensitive to soap products. I couldn’t wash dishes, clothes or bathrooms. I will get water boils.”
Winona Tay: “I couldn’t do the dishes because my belly got in between me and the sink. I couldn’t do the laundry because that would involve crouching and I wouldn’t be able to get up after. And I couldn’t clean the floor because my husband didn’t want the mop handle accidentally poking my tummy.
Adeline: “I only do very light and simple chores like sweeping the floor and any type of chore that doesn’t require me to exert a lot of energy/strength.”