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Is it safe to use cleaning products while I'm pregnant?

Yes. Just make sure you have good ventilation where you'll be working. (And skip cleaning the oven, since it's hard to ventilate such a tight space.)

If the fumes make you dizzy or nauseated or give you a headache, leave the room and get some fresh air until the symptoms are gone. You can always ask a family member to finish the cleaning job! You may also want to wear gloves when cleaning, as your skin is more sensitive when you're pregnant.

As an alternative to traditional cleaning products, you can pick supplies that are more environmentally safe — such as vinegar and baking soda. You can also find recipes for making your own natural cleansers online and in books. Check your library or bookstore.

Natural food stores and many supermarkets sell cleaning products that are free of harsh and toxic chemicals. Reducing the number of harmful chemicals in your house is a good idea for the future anyway, since you won't want your child exposed to too many.

Finally, even after you have the baby, remember never to mix different chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach. The resulting fumes can be very dangerous to anyone who inhales them.

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