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Pregnancy is a very important time for both mom and baby, and one of the most important responsibilities for an expectant mother is to do whatever she can to protect the unborn baby from potential harm. That is why cigarette smoking and alcohol are necessary to eliminate if at all possible, but there are other concerns. For instance, if you’re pregnant you may need to clean your home. You need to consider the best ways to do it safely. There are many things you might not consider. For instance, if you’re using cleaning agents you need good ventilation. If possible, open the windows or turn on a fan. Avoid as many chemicals as possible and always check the label of cleaning products. Another key point; don’t mix products. Do all you can to reduce the risks. A lot of this is common sense. Common sense you can’t afford to ignore.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP