Pregnancy is the time when you need to lighten your work load and reassign all the household work. You may unknowingly cause harm to yourself and your growing foetus by performing a few household chores. According to gynaecologist Dr Sushma Gupta, you should avoid performing these household chores at any cost during pregnancy.
Lifting heavy grocery bags: Try not to move the furniture around and struggle with large shopping bags. It can put a strain on both your belly and your lower back, and a lower back injury is the last thing you would want during pregnancy.
Cleaning the fan: Also avoid any chore like cleaning the fan or ceiling that requires you to climb on chairs or ladders. You are more vulnerable to falls when you are pregnant, and the injuries could be dangerous to both you and your baby.
Mopping the floor: Also, avoid mopping or sweeping as it can aggravate lower back pain and strain your hamstrings. If you have nobody to help you, it is important that you take frequent breaks in between.
Washing dishes using harsh chemicals: Your skin is sensitive during pregnancy so if you are washing the dishes without wearing gloves you are just exposing yourself to an allergic reaction caused by the dish cleaners.
Vacuuming: Pulling the vacuum cleaner around the house can be extremely tiring. Further, changing the filter of a vacuum cleaner can expose you to dust, hair and spores that can irritate your eyes and lungs.
Cleaning window panes: You must also be careful while cleaning the doors and windows as it can be easy to slip and fall. Also, remember to avoid harsh chemicals to clean your glass and just wipe it with a newspaper.
Using harsh chemicals to clean dirty spots: When you use oven cleaner and bleach to clean your dirty ovens and toilets, you expose yourself to noxious fumes that can be injurious to health. Try using lemon, vinegar and baking soda to clean your dirty items.