Is it safe to do household work during pregnancy?

household work during pregnancy

Being pregnant doesn’t magically make the house work disappear! Especially if you live in a nuclear family without immediate access to family, relatives or even domestic help.

Some household chores to avoid during pregnancy

Lifting weights during pregnancy

There are no safe limits that have been established as a guideline for lifting (or moving) weights during pregnancy. This is mainly because it puts you at a risk for back aches from the extra weight you’re carrying. It is however recommended that you avoid lifting very heavy things as these have sometimes been shown to trigger premature labour, vaginal bleeding or even an amniotic rupture in some cases.

Using cleaning sprays and detergents

They could be toxic. Try and use as less amounts of chemical cleaning products as possible, and always wear gloves. Also make sure the room is well ventilated. Also try to use instead, safe and natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda at your home.

Cat litter

Cat litter could carry a harmful parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis isn't really serious for you but it could be harmful to your unborn baby if you contract it just before or during pregnancy.

Tasks that involve balancing and climbing

It is not advisable to climb on stools or ladders if you need to reach things. Neither is bending over continuously to pick up thing, washing clothes on the floor, and scrubbing the floor. All of this can all affect your back. Always bend at your knees and squat rather than double over.

You can stand for long if you’re feeling fine. If you’re not, pull out a chair and sit at a table or sit in front of the TV if you must chop fruits and veggies. You will catch a break and get your work done at the same time.

It is perfectly advisable to stay active during pregnancy and do safe household tasks. It can be a good way of getting some exercise when you're pregnant without actually hitting the gym.