It is a known fact that there is a link between the exposure of cleaning products and respiratory problems. So imagine how that could affect an unborn baby in the mother’s womb, even before inhaling his first breath.
Prenatal exposure to home cleaning products and house hold cleaners have been found to cause persistent wheezing in children after birth in a UK study, and the children who suffered from wheezing tend to have respiratory complications later in life. Cleaning products such as disinfectants, bleach, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, aerosol, pesticides, were estimated by researchers, by comparing the number of exposure per day for each pregnant mother, to the number of children born with respiratory problems.
The findings in the study showed that there was a correlation between the exposure of these chemical to wheezing in infants, and the respiratory complications seemed to have continued throughout childhood. Exposure to cleaning products is harmful to the infants before and after birth, so it is important to use safe home made product or non-toxic green cleaning products while pregnant.
Lots of things change when a woman is pregnant, so it is important to take precautions when it comes to home cleaning. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help pregnant women while cleaning.