Using cleaning chemicals during pregnancy: Are they safe?

Cleaning chemicals druing pregnancy

There's definitely some evidence that being around chemical-based cleaning products often when pregnant, could cause wheezing in your baby after he's born. The reason for this is that it is possible for chemicals to leach into your body and maybe affect your baby's developing organs, mainly lungs. So definitely try and use eco-friendly cleaning products, or reduce your time with the harsh chemicals or better still, delegate this one to someone else.

  • If you must use them, wear gloves, a mask and try to avoid direct contact with products that have strong fumes, harmful chemicals and extensive warning labels.
  • Try to avoid pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides. Keep the rooms airy and wear a mask to prevent yourself inhaling fumes.

The truth about working with Cleaning chemicals during pregnancy

If you work in an environment that involves daily exposure to chemicals like organic solvents, acids or paints during pregnancy, you should inform your employer immediately about your pregnancy. There is be an increased risk a miscarriage or a baby with birth defects from chemical exposure. The MSDS of each chemical should reveal whether it is safe or not.

A health and safety expert at work could guide you on what is safe and what is not.


Avoid contact with any of the following:

  • oil-based paints
  • polyurethane floor finishes
  • spray paints
  • turpentine (and similar solvents)
  • liquid paint removers

Delegate these to a professional!


You can be exposed to lead through:

  • Contaminated drinking water.
  • Certain hobbies such ceramics, printing, electronics, stained glass or glass blowing, and jewellery-making.


  • A common way you can be exposed to mercury is by eating contaminated fish. The larger fish that eat the smaller ones like shark, mackerel and swordfish are the ones with the maximum mercury.

You can always check with your doctor if you have any doubts about exposure to chemicals.