Can housework be dangerous during pregnancy?
While pregnant moms tend to do weird things like eat, do things on a whim, moms-to-be are always given specific instructions about housework. There are many things that are not safe to be a mother. You will have to stop doing them completely. You don’t set a safe limit on lifting weights, you can’t do it.
You will face the stress of carrying the baby in the womb as your body’s center of gravity shifts. And if you lift while carrying the baby, or shop, move gas cylinders or heavy furniture, you’ll put a strain on your back. Some doctors recommend against lifting weights, as it can cause bleeding, premature labor, or a ruptured amniotic sac.
When working with chemicals such as cleaning products, remember to wear gloves. Make sure the room is ventilated and try to use safe cleaners like baking soda and vinegar. Harsh chemicals like mosquito repellent, bleach, and cleaner create noxious fumes everywhere. Wear gloves while washing dishes and while vacuuming can be very tiring as the filter contains dust, spores and hair that will get into your lungs and eyes. Do not clean kitty litter. Cat feces transmit toxoplasmosis, a rare disease. Don’t inhale secondhand smoke, which contains more than 4,000 chemicals.
Wash vegetables well before eating. They may be contaminated with chemicals, soil contaminated by wild or pet animals.
Tasks that require climbing and balancing are not recommended. Don’t climb on stools, ladders, or reach for things in an attic, shelf, or kitchen cupboard. Otherwise you may be agile, but during pregnancy you may not be your usual person and fall over. Please ask your maid or close relative to help you clean ceiling fans, windows, mirrors, change light bulbs, electrical fixtures for which you can call an electrician.
If you sleep on the floor, ask a family member to help you pick up the mattress, the bedspread and the bedding. Bending over and picking things up will strain your back. Washing clothes, mopping the floor, everything affects the back. Squat instead of bending over to do things.
Also try not to be on your feet for too long. Pull up a chair and sit at the table or near a TV to chop the vegetables. Take a break and then complete your work. Try and prepare dishes that do not require you to be on your feet for a long time.
Divide the household chores. Do safe chores to get some exercise during your pregnancy. Being pregnant isn’t really a reason to keep your house dirty; but take help. You may want to prepare for your newborn, but you may have complications during your pregnancy. Keep your safety in mind.
Being safe is important so that you can enjoy a safe and healthy pregnancy. Your body goes through many changes and you don’t need to put a lot of stress on it. Healthy women need to stay active for a better pregnancy. Non-stimulating work around the house leads to giving birth before three weeks. Researchers believe that stress hormones trigger labor.