We all know that the last thing you want to be doing is scrubbing the bathroom floor whilst pregnant unless you are nesting of course! Pregnancy doesn't make you incapable of doing simple house work such as folding the laundry or doing the dishes, as much as we would love to take a break from it all the house still needs cleaning and for some of us unfortunately we're the only member of the family who will do so unless you're able to afford to hire residential cleaning services in which case you can put your feet up and relax!
There are however a few rules that you should follow during pregnancy:
1. Always read the label
It's advisable to always check the product warning labels on every product when pregnant even if you've been using them all your life. Some products such as oven cleaners advise pregnant women not to use them because the chemicals can be harmful to your baby and many raise the risk of miscarriage.
2. Wear gloves
During pregnancy, your skin in much more sensitive than it used to be. Your hands can become very dry, irritated and itchy due to these products which contain bleach and fragrances. It's a good idea to use gloves every time you do the washing up and you can also find cheap latex gloves for cleaning the bathroom to protect your hands and arms.
3. Open the windows
It's important to keep your house and especially the room you're currently working in well ventilated whilst cleaning. No matter what kind of cleaning products you're using it's always good to improve the air quality and keep fumes at bay.
4. Use natural products
Go green with your cleaning products and use all natural brands. They may cost slightly more but they are much gentler on your skin and not harmful for baby if you inhale.
5. Take the easy route
When pregnant, you don't really want to be on your feet for too long especially in your third trimester of perhaps if you have morning sickness. Take shortcuts instead doing a thorough deep clean if you did this on one day of the week why not do different tasks each day of the week instead.
If you have laminate or Engineered Oak Flooring you can probably get away with a quick once over with the broom and then either steam mop or a quick vacuum if you feel that it needs it. No need to be down on your hands and needs scrubbing the floor. Same goes for dusting
6. Don't over do it
Houseworks doesn't have to be stranious whilst pregnant, it's acceptable to do mild household chores however don't over do it. Avoid lifting heavy items as well as climbing on ladders or chairs and bending as these tasks can tire you out.
7. Don't be afraid to ask for help
If you find that doing the housework is becoming to much of a hassle and you're snowed under with chores there's no harm in asking for help. Whether that be by hiring a cleaning to come once a week to do the cleaning which requires more effort and you can do the minor chores and concentrate on putting your feet up. If you can't afford a cleaner ask for help from a close friend or family member, you'll be surprised at how many people will be willing to help you out. If that's not an option play the pregnancy card to your other half and get them to help with the housework every once in a while!
Did you cut down on your housework whilst pregnant?
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