Pregnancy and Pesticides Indoors
Pregnancy and Pesticide
Significant exposure to pesticides is a concern for adults, children
and particularly expectant mothers. Garden insects, fleas, mosquitoes,
ants and cockroaches are just some of the reasons that women commonly
spray pesticides around their home. Pesticides and insecticides contain
chemicals that are used to attack the nervous system of the insects and
cause them to die.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, the nervous system is
rapidly developing in your baby, so you definitely want to avoid any
type of contact with pesticides during this time.
American Pregnancy Association
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Unlike household cleaners, pesticides and insecticides have been linked to birth defects, especially with exposure during the first trimester. Therefore, you should always avoid exposure to pesticides, including household gardening pesticides, and insecticides, like those used indoors for ants and cockroaches, whenever possible.
However, before you go running for cover every time you pass by a
lawn that has been treated with pesticides, keep in mind that the real
risk arises from intense or prolonged exposure to the chemicals.
If you can’t avoid the use of pesticides in your home, then follow these guidelines to keep yourself and your baby safe:
- Ask someone else to apply the pesticide and leave the area for the duration of time specified on the package
- If the chemicals are being used indoors, then make sure your home is well ventilated. If they are being applied outdoors, then shut all your windows and turn off your air conditioner so that the fumes don’t get drawn into your home.
- For chemicals used indoors, make sure you thoroughly wash any areas where food is prepared, as well as all utensils and tableware before you use them. To minimize your cleaning, consider removing your utensils and tableware before applying the pesticide.
- Always wear protective clothing and gloves when your are gardening to avoid exposure to plants that have been treated with pesticide. As well, this will help reduce your risk of contracting a toxoplasmosis infection from the soil.
Is Bug Spray Safe During Pregnancy?
Bug sprays containing DEET have not been properly evaluated for safety during pregnancy and therefore should be used with caution. Instead of
applying the bug repellent directly onto your skin where it can be
absorbed, apply it to your clothing instead. Use gloves or an applicator
so the spray doesn’t get on to your hands.