Spring Cleaning? Take It Easy Mama!
Pregnancy can be bring out your obssessiveness like no other time in your life. Everything is more intense. Hungry is HUNGRY!! Gotta pee is GOTTA PEE!! and clean means CLEAN!! --especially when it comes to your surroundings or getting the nursery ready.
Now that spring is here, you're probably feeling itchy to take on some projects in the house, spruce up the yard or clear away the winter clutter. Feel free to go for it!!
However, when it comes to spring cleaning when you're pregnant, there's good news and bad news.
The bad news is that most cleaning products are perfectly safe during pregnancy. Even bleach. So, no need to call in the maid just yet. The good news is that the hubs probably doesn't know that. So feel free to play the "I can't clean I'm pregnant" card.
Even though most cleaning products are relatively safe, there are still a few precautions you should take when cleaning during pregnancy to keep you and your baby safe.
Step 1: Make sure that you have good ventilation where you are cleaning
Step 2: Wear protective gloves and clothing to protect your skin
Step 3: Always read the warning and instruction labels
Step 4: Never mix different chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach; doing this can be very dangerous for anyone to inhale
Step 5: Avoid cleaning the oven (a definite for the hubs) since it is such a tight space and the ventilation is not good
Of course, if you really aren't comfortable using chemcial cleaning products there are a few good natural options. You can keep it old school with some baking soda and vinegar which still works really well cleaning anything in your home.
Even the big box retailers like Target, have their own line of organic or natural cleaning products these days.
So, go ahead, open up the windows and get your spring cleaning going! Don't overdo it. Always drink plenty of water, and most importantly, feel free to pass off the spring cleaning to friends.