Pregnancy is all about expectation. You plan and dream for nine months, praying that your little one will be happy and healthy. Yet, there are a number of common dangers right in your household that could negatively impact you or your baby during pregnancy.
Here are some of the most common household pregnancy dangers:
- The refrigerator. One of the biggest threats to your baby is through food-borne illness. Each year, there are around 75 million cases of food-borne illness in the United States. Get out of the habit of keeping takeout containers, and learn about what kinds of foods have a higher risk for causing food-borne illness during pregnancy.
- The walls. Today’s paints are made with lower volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than paint was in years past. VOCs can irritate your respiratory system, cause trouble with your eyes, and contribute to nausea (making morning sickness even worse). Research shows us that these chemicals are as much as 10 times as toxic to babies as adults, so you’ll want to make sure you use non-toxic paints in the nursery and keep the entire home well-ventilated.
- Your makeup. There are a variety of cosmetic products that contain chemicals that are known to be dangerous during pregnancy. Make sure to use nail polish that’s free of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP. Steer clear of benzoyl peroxide, triclosan, and other harsh chemicals. It’s not a bad time to think about going all-natural when it comes to your beauty care products.
- Household cleaners. Household cleaners contain caustic chemicals that can be harmful to you and your baby. For example, one study in 2008 showed that pregnant women exposed to common chemicals found in cleaning products increased the risk that their baby would develop asthma by over 40%.
- Mold. Any bit of mold can cause upper respiratory problems, itchy eyes, skin rashes, and more. Take care of areas of your house that are prone to dampness by setting up a dehumidifier or even installing an overhead vent.
- Plastics. By now, you know that BPA is dangerous, especially to your baby. In fact, there are a number of states that make it against the law to use BPA in baby bottles. Watch out for plastics marked with the number 7 as well as the number 3. Plastics marked one, two, four, and five are generally consider safer.