House Cleaning While Pregnant: Is it Safe?

housecleaning while pregnant cleaning products and pregnancyNeed an excuse to stop cleaning while you're pregnant? (Other than that you're too tired or too uncomfortable.) Here are a few:


1. Women who use a lot of household cleaning products when they're pregnant (or shortly after birth) increase their child's risk of developing asthma by 41percent.

2. Many oven cleaners and window cleaners contain glycol ethers, which have been known to increase a woman's risk of miscarriage; most mildew removers contain phenols, which may increase the risk of birth defects or fetal death.

3. Cleaning products often have strong odors, which won't hurt the baby, but which can make an already morning sick mom-to-be feel even queasier.


Obviously your house should be clean for your new arrival, so here's how to clean it safely:

1. Have someone else clean it for you. (Hello significant other!)

2. If you must do it yourself, keep your windows open while cleaning and wear gloves.

3. Try natural DIY cleaners (baking soda, vinegar and water) or choose organic, nontoxic store brands that are free of fragrances and dyes.


For more information on household cleaning products and pregnancy, visit these sites:

March of Dimes

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Household Products Database

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


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