Use Cleaners With Caution.

When is comes to household cleaners, reading the safety information on the label is very important for pregnant and nursing moms. Most cleaners can be safely utilized with some basic precautions, says Obstetrician/Gynecologist David Barrere.
David Barrere, MD

Your question
Are household chemicals/cleaners safe to use during pregnancy?

The expert answers

Fumes: If a cleanser has noxious fumes, then it should be used in a well ventilated area. Pump sprays should be used preferentially over aerosols, since they create less of a vapor cloud.

Topical exposure: Some chemicals can readily be absorbed through the skin into the maternal circulation. This could pose a risk should this chemical be able to cross the placenta. It is often wise to use rubber gloves when chemical exposure is planned/expected.

To date, no study has proven a definite adverse effect to pregnancy in routine usage of chemical cleansers. There is, however, data to suggest that exposure in the work environment (production plants, etc.), could place the pregnant mother and her child at risk. In these cases, either an impermeable mask should be worn, or better yet, reassignment to a safer environment until after pregnancy and breastfeeding.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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