3 Household Hazards to Pregnant Women
Over 3.9 million babies are born every year, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. If you’re currently expecting or planning to conceive, it’s important to make your home safe for you and your growing baby. Here are three health and safety hazards you should address.
Filthy air conditioners
The quality of air expecting mothers are exposed to is very important. Pregnant women are strongly advised to stop smoking and avoid getting second or third hand smoke. But do you know that the filthy air coming from your own air conditioner can be a health and safety hazard for you and your baby too? Mold growth can become airborne and cause respiratory ailments. So make sure that you schedule regular AC services with specialists from All Hours Plumbing and HVAC throughout your pregnancy and especially when your little bundle of joy arrives.
Toxic cleaning chemicals
Pregnant women are advised to delegate the house cleaning to someone else due to risks of falls and slips. But that’s not just the case. Some toxic chemicals found in cleaning agents, such as phenols in mold removers, can be very harmful. This chemical can heighten the risk of miscarriage. Some cleaners also have strong ammonia smells that can lead to pregnant women feeling nauseous.
Are you a cat lover? Do you have cats at home? Then ask someone else to feed and clean the cat for you during your pregnancy. Women exposed to cat’s litter during their pregnancy can develop toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic infection that can cause aching joints and fever. Sadly, when a mother develops this, it can be passed onto the growing baby, and it can cause hearing and vision problems. Don’t risk it.
If you’re expecting, go through the list and make sure you avoid them. Don’t risk your health and our baby’s just because you’re not comfortable not cleaning your own home. That’s what cleaning services are for.