The house won’t stay clean on its own. Someone has to step up to the plate and keep your home clean and tidy. If your husband or partner won’t do the job, and hiring a cleaning person is out of the question, this tedious household task is up to you. However, when you are pregnant, there are certain precautions you have to consider when you’re cleaning.
The Best Trimester to Clean
In the first trimester, you are probably plagued with morning sickness and fatigue. Not only do these symptoms inhibit your desire to clean, but any fumes or smells from your cleaning supplies can also trigger a boat of nausea. In addition, the first trimester is a critical time in fetal development. During the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, all of your baby’s major organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, intestines, etc.) are forming and undergoing critical development. You don’t want to be around any chemicals or ingredients that could harm your baby during this important time.
That’s why you should wait until the second trimester to do your spring cleaning. During the second trimester, which is often called the “honeymoon” stage of pregnancy, all of your nagging pregnancy symptoms from the first 13 weeks have abated (including fatigue). So not only are you feeling better in the middle part of pregnancy, but you have a surge of energy. Use this newfound energy to thoroughly clean your home.
Read Labels Carefully
When you clean your home during pregnancy, it’s important for you to read all labels and ingredients list of the household cleaners that you’re using. Because many commercial cleaners contain harmful ingredients and chemicals, which can be inhaled or absorbed through your skin, you will want to avoid any products that are labeled “toxic.” Toxic chemicals can be absorbed through your skin, get into your blood stream, cross the placenta, and hurt your developing baby.
If you can afford it, buy natural or organic cleaning products. “Green” household are typically less harsh than their commercial counterparts. In addition, they often do not contain harmful chemicals.
Whenever it’s possible, use only natural ingredients found in your kitchen to clean. For example, lemon can work effectively as a natural cleaner. In addition, you can combine distilled vinegar and water together for a cleaning solution.
Don’t Clean the Oven
Ask your partner or someone else to clean the oven for you when you’re pregnant. If there is no one else around, postpone this chore until after your baby arrives. Commercial oven cleaners produce dangerous fumes and chemicals that are dangerous to your health and the safety of your unborn child. In addition, the space of the oven does not allow for good ventilation.
Wear Gloves and Long Sleeves
Always wear rubber gloves, long pants, and long sleeves when you are cleaning. You do not want to risk any chance of the cleaning product that you’re using to touch any part of your skin. While your skin is a natural barrier, trace amounts of chemicals can still be absorbed into your skin and potentially affect your baby.
Use Common Sense
During pregnancy, use common sense when you clean. For example, make sure that the area that you’re cleaning is well ventilated. You don’t want to inhale any fumes when you’re expecting. Open windows and doors if you have to.