While it is important to keep up with your household chores, expecting mothers should be extremely cautious while cleaning during pregnancy. Fortunately we at Fresh Tech Maid, #1 Maid Service in Chicago are here to share a few chores to avoid during pregnancy. Please see the list below and be sure to stay safe during this exciting time.

Refinishing Furniture

Recent studies have found a possible correlation between products containing chemical solvents such as furniture-strippers, paint removers, and varnish, and recurrent miscarriages and birth defects. Avoid refinishing furniture while pregnant to avoid harmful chemicals. This particular task can certainly wait these next 9 months for your safety!

However, if you absolutely feel the need to refinish furniture, please use products that don’t include solvents. You should definitely perform the task outside or in a well-ventilated area, and make sure all areas of your body are covered. Another tip is to wear gloves and avoid eating or drinking when around products. If you start to feel light-headed or ill, stop right away and get some fresh air.

Moving Furniture

After the first trimester, moving furniture or other heavy objects increases strain and discomfort on a mother’s back, which could lead to serious injury. If you simply cannot wait to move that heavy object from one side of the room to the other, try to bend from the knees and keep your back straight when lifting. A maternity belt can add extra support, or consider asking your partner, friend or hire a great maid service!

Changing the Cat Litter.

If you’re more of a dog lover, then this step isn’t for you! If you have cats, be sure to wear gloves and a mask when changing the litter box. Toxoplasmosis is a common parasitic infection carried by cats (especially cats that go outside), and can be transmitted to people when exposed to cat feces. If infected while pregnant, the illness could pass on to your baby, and cause serious birth defects such as eye and brain damage. Be cautious when cleaning for your cat! In fact, have someone else change the cat litter for you, it's not worth the risk!

Using Bug Spray

Prenatal exposure to piperonyl butoxide, a chemical used in many household insecticides, may harm fetal mental development. A study distributed by the journal, Pediatrics, discovered this trend and wants all expecting mothers to be warned before using bug spray. To be extra cautious, use products that don’t spray into the air such as roach motels or garden stakes.

It’s easy to believe you can do all the chores that you are meant to, and that’s certainly true because you are doing a lot! Still, remain mindful and cautious of the energy you’re exerting and try best to stay clear of risky chemical solvents during your weekly household chores.

If, however, you’re struggling, the safest bet is to call Fresh Tech Maid. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pregnancy!

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