You’ve prepared the nursery, had the baby shower, prepared the gifts and now you’re ready to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. During these last couple of months of the pregnancy, you might still have the habit of working around the house and taking care of certain things on your own. That’s only normal. Most people have issues breaking away from routine. However, keep in mind you are close to delivery and it’s really not recommended for you to perform certain chores. With that being said, let’s discuss the top 5 types of housework pregnant women shouldn’t do:
1. General cleaning
Chores such as mopping, dusting, vacuuming, etc, involve a lot of bending and stretching that can result in an inflamed sciatic nerve. Keep in mind that during pregnancy your joints can soften up a bit, so avoid unnecessary physical activity around the house.
Another issue with general cleaning is that most of the cleaning products you use contain chemicals that can irritate the skin and even cause allergic reactions. Normally you wouldn’t have to worry too much about it, however, during pregnancy, you can experience new allergic reactions that you didn’t have before. Even organic cleaners can contain allergens, so it’s best to get your partner’s help to clean the house during the last phase of your pregnancy.
While laundry detergents are safer than household cleaning agents, you should still avoid them for the same reasons mentioned earlier. On top of that, doing the laundry involves a lot of weight lifting. This can be risky as it may cause premature labor symptoms. Avoid unnecessary lifting altogether. There’s a chance to even lose your equilibrium and fall on the floor as a result. Keep in mind that pregnant women are a lot more vulnerable to injuries.
3. Cleaning the litter
If you have pets, it’s ok to play with them while your pregnant, however, you should avoid cleaning their litter. Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite that can be passed to humans when cleaning the litter. This can lead to complications and infections that can endanger your pregnancy. If you have no other choice and you need to clean the litter yourself, make sure you are well protected. Wear gloves, nose and mouth mask and then have a thorough wash after disposing of the litter.
4. Bathroom cleaning
Bathroom cleaning agents are some of the strongest because their purpose is to disinfect everything. The fumes from these chemicals can be extremely harmful to the baby as well as for yourself. You will be more sensitive to smells and might even feel lightheaded or dizzy when inhaling the fumes. If you must clean the bathroom yourself, make sure windows and doors are open. You could also use various homemade cleaning products, though they won’t be just as efficient.
5. Avoid ladders
If you need to hang curtains or do anything else that requires the use of a ladder, just don’t. The risk of falling is too great, and you are carrying another life inside you.