During pregnancy many women believe that they should leave all the housework. On the other hand, some women have been brought up as independent women who can work up to the last month of their pregnancy. So to make things clear you should know that pregnancy does not mean you have to leave all the housework but there are some types of housework that you should avoid to protect the both of you. Here are 5 chores pregnant women should ask someone else to do.
1. Changing the Cat Litter: From their adventures of chasing rodents and birds, cats tend to carry the Toxoplasma gondii parasite which can be passed on to the person cleaning the cat’s feces. If you become infected while pregnant, you could pass the illness on to your baby. This can cause serious birth defects such as eye and brain damage. If there isn’t anybody else who can clean the litter for you, ensure that you are well protected by wearing gloves, nose and mouth mask, and preferably an outer coat to protect microbes from sticking to your garments. Have a thorough wash afterward to be on the safe side.
2. Moving Furniture: After the first trimester, moving furniture or other heavy objects can worsen the strain on your back. As you progress in your pregnancy, the growth of the belly tends to stress your back, and for some women, this can lead to acute pain. But if you have to move that chest from one side of the room to the other, make sure to bend from the knees and keep your back straight when lifting. A maternity belt can add extra support.
3. Using Strong Chemicals: Pregnant women should avoid using strong chemicals like mosquito spray, washing liquid in the kitchen and many other washing liquid types that contain highly toxic cleansing chemicals.
The fumes from the cleaning agents are considered harmful for the baby. So even if you will give the task to someone else, ensure that windows and doors are open during cleaning time and that you are in a well-ventilated space to protect yourself and the baby from harsh fumes. In the washing process, you can try all kinds of natural washing liquids such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon.
4. Refinishing Furniture: Some studies have found a possible association between products that contain chemical solvents such as furniture-strippers, paint removers, and varnish and miscarriage and birth defects. To be safe, it’s best not to refinish furniture while pregnant.