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Health Tip: Cleaning Safety for Pregnant Women

- If you're pregnant and need to clean your home, here are suggestions to help keep mom and baby safe, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association:

  • Make sure the area you are cleaning is well-ventilated. If possible, open the windows or turn on a fan.
  • Protect your skin from chemicals by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, as well as gloves.
  • Always check the label, to be sure there is no warning against use of the product by pregnant women.
  • Never mix two cleaning products together. Mixing chemicals can cause toxic fumes.
  • Do not clean the inside of an oven while pregnant, as the confined space does not allow for adequate ventilation.
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Posted: February 2008