When you are expecting, you want to do everything in your power to make sure that your baby will be born healthy and safe. Many mothers are concerned about the potential risks to the baby during pregnancy. This is why anyone who is pregnant is warned about potential hazards like sushi, soft cheese, and even the cat litter box.
So where does household pest control fit into having a healthy pregnancy?
The answer to this will depend on what stage you are at in your pregnancy, the pests you are experiencing and the methods that are used to control them. Pest control that can be a potential hazard during pregnancy includes:
In general, using normal pesticides during pregnancy is considered safe. But there are times when you may want to limit your exposure to these chemicals.
During the first trimester of the pregnancy is the most crucial time when it comes to pesticide exposure. These are the months where your baby’s nervous system is rapidly developing. The third through to the eighth week of the pregnancy are some of the most important, so it’s recommended to avoid pest control measures at this time.
Whilst it’s better to be cautious during pregnancy with pest control, completely cutting it out can be riskier. Infestations of pests such as fleas and cockroaches can be a lot more dangerous to you and your growing baby than the products used to exterminate them.
Because of the risks involved with having pests in your home, controlling them is very important during pregnancy. You can carefully choose pest control methods and talk to your local pest control company to keep those pests at bay whilst reducing the chances of exposing yourself to dangerous pesticides.
Alternatives To Pest Control Chemicals
Some chemicals are safe to use later in pregnancy, but you may want to look at the least toxic ways of eliminating pests in your house. Repelling these pests and preventing them from entering your home can go a long way for natural pest control.
- Keep things clean – Having a regular cleaning routine will help to stop pests being attracted into your home. Remove any food, crumbs, and spillages to avoid pests having a great food source and setting up their home in yours.
- Non-toxic traps – Some traps don’t use chemicals at all to work. Adhesive traps are safe for the home and are non-toxic for pregnant women.
- Treat your pets – If you have family pets, it’s important to keep up their regular flea and tick treatments. Have the vet or another family member apply them for you if you are pregnant.
In pregnancy, it’s all about weighing up the situation. It’s important to find that balance where the risks of pesticide exposure outweigh the risk associated with the pest. Remember to always research your options and pick the one that will provide the most benefit with the least risk. This will go a long way in keeping yourself and your child healthy throughout your pregnancy.