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Redistribute Cleaning Chores During Pregnancy

May 14, 2017

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There are household chores which are dangerous for pregnant women and should be implemented by someone else. As a matter of fact most household tasks can be risky for the mother and the child before giving birth and can lead to doing this prematurely. The chores presented here you should avoid while you are expecting to protect you and your baby’s health. Delegate the presented below to the members of your family to keep your home tidy and hygienic.

Mopping and Vacuum Cleaning

These chores can deteriorate sciatica which is a painful soreness of the sciatic nerve running from the lower side of the back to the entire leg. Sciatica is most commonly suffered during pregnancy because of the weight gain. All activities which make you bend forward can worsen it. It is estimated that although pregnant women can feel good while doing some domestic task, they often experience pains as a result of the efforts later. So, leave the vacuum cleaning and mopping of the carpets and floors to other member of your family and avoid leaning forward.

Bathroom Cleaning

The cleaning of the bathroom involves using of chemicals which pregnant women shouldn’t be exposed to or inhale. Even some essential oils can be bad for the health of the expecting mums. So, in case you decide to clean the bathroom, you better make your own cleaning preparations using safe ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and others. As a rule if some detergent smells repulsive or contains chemicals you shouldn’t use it. It is recommended to delegate the bathroom cleaning to someone else.

Cleaning the Litter Box

This is another chore which you should avoid and leave for someone else to do. Cat faeces in the litter box can transmit to you and the foetus a dangerous infection which causes brain damage, vision loss and even kill the baby. We advise that no matter what cleaning work you decide to do always make sure to wear gloves and protection mask on the mouth.

Cleaning Ceiling Fans and Hanging Curtains

As a rule you should avoid climbing and staying on high from the ground places risking your and your baby’s health. These chores which have risks for the mother to fall should be delegated to someone else. It is estimated that pregnant women’s centre of gravity changes and this makes them vulnerable to accidents and falls.

Doing the Laundry

If your doctor has advised you not to lift heavy items you shouldn’t do the laundry. A hamper weighs much and by lifting and carrying it to the terrace you can create to your body and the foetus problems. The results of doing this chore during pregnancy can be pre-term labour, high level of blood pressure and some other unpleasant health conditions.

Lifting and Carrying Heavy Loads

Your doctor should tell you how much weight you can carry safely so, adhere to his recommendations and advice. As the baby in your belly grows, your back experiences more pressure carrying more weight. You will strain you back and feel more uncomfortable if you carry heavy loads. So, avoid or be extra careful when carrying laundry baskets, vacuum cleaners and buckets.

During pregnancy you should avoid standing for too long, bending and climbing. As was explained above, these are risky for your health and the baby. Standing upright too long can harm you by creating high blood pressure, disrupting the blood flow, stress your body and create swollen feet.

The cleaning and household chores mentioned above should be avoided by pregnant women and should be provided by the other member of the family or a housemaid. Being exposed to chemicals and harsh products as well as doing risky activities are dangerous for the foetus and the mother.

I love any excuse to avoid housework.  Honestly, I will continue to deal with mopping and vacuuming, but bathroom scrub work will be delegated to the husband!  What chores did you continue to do and avoided doing while pregnant? Leave a comment and let me know!

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