(Closed) Cleaning While Pregnant

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The mask and the gloves are a good move. If they’re going to be using oven cleaner or bleach just make sure the area is well ventilated.

If you see any whitish powdery substance on the walls, floor or carpet or see any dried animal feces you should probably leave. The whitish powdery stuff could be mold which is not good for anyone to be around, much less a pregnant woman.


Post # 4
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We moved from a rental home to our first home while I was 13-15 weeks pregnant.. it took more than a week lol. But anyway neither our rental home nor new home were in that state of filth but it was a tremendous amount of work and cleaning. Especially Since our new home had been uninhabited for four years! Very dusty lots of cobwebs and general dirtiness. Definitely use masks and gloves and be cautious. Also do not over do it! I made that mistake and I was out of commission for days because of it. Be gentle with yourself it’s ok to step back and take a break even if you need to get out of the environment for a bit sometimes just leaving for a bit can help. Offer to go get food and drinks or supplies when they are needed. .ect. your friend will understand if you need a break she will be thrilled just to have such a thoughtful friend by her side. Good luck and congratulations on your LO

Post # 5
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@megz06:  He doesn’t have any pets, does he? If so, I’d probably not go if he has a cat, just for the toxoplasmosis risk.

Post # 6
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@PinkPandaBear:  Exactly what I was thinking, watch out for mold and excriment. Also, take frequent breaks away from the area (i.e. outside) for fresh air and don’t eat in the home until it is cleaned.

You are a good friend!

Post # 7
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re in the process of moving and cleaning everything – I bought an air purifier to help with all the dust, for the most part the biggest issue for me being pregnant and cleaning is I can’t really bend like I used to (I get very short of breath) and I tire easily so just make sure you don’t over do it.

Post # 10
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree–keep an eye out for mold, keep it well-ventilated.

And if you start feeling sick/dizzy/queasy, get out of there! No being a hero!

Post # 11
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@megz06:  That’s so nice of you to help! Definitely take it easy, keep the windows open for lots of fresh air, drink lots of water etc!

Post # 12
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@megz06:  I learned about this recently, after we bought a house and discovered the basement was covered in the stuff. It was white and powdery. Mold can also be black or green. If there is black powder stuff everyone needs to leave immediately because it can be extremely harmful if inhaled.

Post # 13
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

Great idea with the mask and gloves. I hope the mask is a P100! There’s all kinds of crap in even regular house dust for example, and once stirred up it can takes hours to resettle even if the air looks clear, but with gloves and a P100 mask on when inside, it won’t be entering your body, and when you get home, just toss your clothes into the laundry straightaway, and have a quick shower. That way the stuff in your hair etc. is gone too.

I’d suggest making sure you’ve always got lots of water, a nice seat somewhere to rest when you need to (not inside the place being cleaned, ideally, because when you’re resting you’ll likely want to take off your mask) and taking it slow. If anything starts to hurt, take a break, and consider whether maybe that job is not one you can do right now.

Cleaning slowly and safely without chemicals should not harm your pregnancy at all. We don’t have to just lie prone for 9 months 🙂 We just have to be a bit more gentle and careful with our bodies, both for ourselves and for our precious cargo 🙂

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