For those of you new mamas out there you might have a lot of questions about what is safe versus what is not safe for you during your pregnancy. Here are a few things, regarding cleaning procedures, which will help answer your concerns and ease your mind while you continue further along into your pregnancy.
Believe it or not, most cleaning products are safe to use during pregnancy, even bleach. However, certain chemical ingredients, like ammonia, chlorine, and glycol can be harmful if used heavily. There are some general guidelines you should follow while handling chemicals.
- Always use cleaning products in well-ventilated areas
- If any chemical smells make you feel nauseous, ask someone else to help you finish cleaning
- Wear gloves when you are cleaning to help you limit skin to skin exposure
- Avoid spraying aerosol cleaners, overexposure can lead to prenatal asthma
So, limit direct contact with cleaning chemicals or look for your favorite cleaning brand products in “green” formats, which use natural and organic ingredients. Although, if you are ever unsure of any chemicals research them before using.
First and foremost, if you are pregnant do not clean mold yourself. Mold can produce toxic substances and if you come into contact with them it could lead to possible birth defects. Women exposed to mold during pregnancy should seek medical attention.
Experts recommend reducing your lifting weight while pregnant to 20-25 pounds. Hormones soften your connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons making you more prone to strains or injuries whether the items you are lifting are heavy or not. Here are some rules to follow when lifting/bending while pregnant.
- To avoid falls and losing your balance, before you lift center your gravity by widening your stance
- Always bend at the knee and lift with your legs
- Keep your back as straight as possible and move in slow steading motions
- Keep the load you are carrying close to your body
Lifting incorrectly can lead to complications or injury so it is always best to talk to your healthcare provider about what is safe for you before lifting heavy objects, or ask for help from others.
Good luck to all you moms and continue to be safe.