I am pregnant, can I still clean my home?

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Here are some do's and don'ts regarding cleaning while you are pregnant. Read on about the safety rules when you are pregnant.

If you are newly pregnant it is natural to have a plethora of questions regarding home safety. We try to help you clear up any doubts about potential hazards at home.

1) Can I use cleaning products when I am pregnant?

Generally cleaning products are safe to use in pregnancy. Ensure there is good ventilation and do use gloves. Do also try to use products made from natural sources like vinegar and bicarbonate soda instead.

2) Can I paint the house?

It is safest to let someone else do the painting as you will be exposed to many chemicals. If you must paint your home, it is adviced that you avoid doing so in your first trimester. When painting, remember to protect your skin by wearing protective clothing that includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts and gloves. Also make sure that the room and house are well ventilated; open the windows and turn on fans. Do also limit the time you spend painting; take breaks and move into the fresh air frequently.

3)  Is it safe to use air freshners and aerosols?

It is best not to use air freshners when pregnant. Aerosols contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and artificial fragrances, which may not be good for you or your baby. Research has indicated that children whose mother used air freshners during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from wheezing. That being said, if you must use them, please leave the window open and wear gloves when ever spraying.

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