By Jennifer Jordan
During pregnancy, you must take the utmost care of yourself as you are not only responsible for your own well being but for that of the life growing inside of you. During pregnancy there are several household chores that should be avoided.
- Avoid carrying heavy loads: Your healthcare provider will provide recommendations on how much weight is safe to carry. As you belly grows and you back has added pressure, carrying extra weight can easily strain your back and make you more uncomfortable. Be aware when carrying:
- Laundry Baskets
- Vacuum Cleaners to avoid straining your back
- No cleaning the litter box: Handling cat feces should be completely avoided during pregnancy. Cat feces can contains a parasite that causes the infection toxoplasmosis which can cause vision loss, brain damage or can even be deadly to your developing baby.
- Avoid chemical heavy cleaning products: Chemicals in pesticides and harsh cleaning products with strong fumes have been linked to neural tube defects and deformities of the heart and limbs. Opting for natural cleaning products such:
- Baking soda
- Lemon will be a safe alternative
If you must use the chemical products makes sure you wear gloves, cover your mouth to avoid inhalation and ensure the room is well ventilated.
- Avoid standing for too long, bending constantly or climbing: Standing too long, especially during the later stages of pregnancy can be problematic. Standing for too long can:
- Disrupt the blood flow
- Increase the risk of high blood pressure
- Add extra stress to your base and cause swollen feet
Bending too much can affect your back and possibly lead to sciatica which is a painful swelling of the sciatic nerve that runs down the back to the leg. It is not advisable to climb on stools or ladders during pregnancy. With your growing belly your center of gravity changes making you more susceptible to falls.
It is okay to ask for assistance with certain chores or tasks, especially the above 4 tasks to avoid during pregnancy. Remember not to go overboard while doing chores and distribute your household tasks so that you are not trying to do too much at one time. Don’t be afraid to take breaks and ask for help when needed!