It’s probably best to avoid using air fresheners and aerosols during pregnancy. They contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and artificial fragrances, which can be harmful. When used indoors, aerosols and air fresheners can cause VOCs to build up, which may not be good for you and your baby.
Can air fresheners harm the baby?
It is generally advised to avoid use of fragrant products inside your newborn’s nursery or sleeping environment. Their lungs are still developing and exposure to aerosol irritants won’t provide any benefit.
Are fragrances safe during pregnancy?
Though it’s safe to use perfume during pregnancy, you may be more sensitive to perfumes and find that some scents make you nauseated, light-headed, agitated, or more prone to headaches.
Are car air fresheners safe in pregnancy?
They also contain artificial fragrances and chemicals that could potentially get into baby’s lungs and cause wheezing or asthma after birth. These risks are super low, so using them infrequently shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s just something to keep in mind.
Are scented candles bad for pregnancy?
Unfortunately, freshening a room with a few scented candles made from paraffin wax also can be damaging. When fragrance oils are incorporated into paraffin candles, they produce more soot and can even release carcinogens such as benzene and toluene.
What scents are good for pregnancy?
Look for scents such as peppermint, ginger and cardamom, which can help combat nausea. Citrus scents, such as mandarin, neroli and sweet orange, also may help reduce nausea. Other softer smells to try include lavender, chamomile or rose.
What chemicals should I avoid during pregnancy?
Parabens: Keep away from propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens. Phthalates: Found in products with synthetic fragrances and nail polishes; avoid diethyl and dibutyl especially. Retinol: Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin.
Why does my husband smell bad when I’m pregnant?
It’s the hormones revving your sense of smell into overdrive, and relegating him to the other side of the sofa or the bed. And as with all the other hormonally-triggered symptoms of pregnancy, your super-charged sniffer is a force of nature that’s not within your control.
What essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy?
Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Clary Sage.
- Oak Moss.
Can I spray Lysol while pregnant?
Avoid spray and aerosol cleaners when possible.
Many studies have found that prenatal exposure to spray cleaners may increase the risk of asthma.
Can I do laundry while pregnant?
Doing laundry is a no-no if your doctor has advised you against heavy lifting. (A full hamper weighs about 20 pounds.) This advice may come if you experience preterm labor symptoms, placenta previa, high blood pressure, or certain other conditions.