I want to paint the nursery and get the house in shape before I deliver my baby. But could some of the chemicals I use harm my baby?
During pregnancy, try to steer clear of certain household chemicals, such as some paints, paint thinners, oven cleaners, varnish removers, and carpet cleaners. These may be harmful, especially in high doses.
However, although chemicals like ammonia and chlorine might make you nauseated because of the smell, they're not toxic. Do not mix ammonia and chlorine products since the fumes can be dangerous even for non-pregnant people.
To help keep household chemicals in perspective during your pregnancy:
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: October 2012
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