A Few Things You Should Avoid During Pregnancy


Pregnant women and their partners should exercise caution with a few items or lifestyle choices. Experts in our OBGYN free clinic share the things that you need to avoid during pregnancy. From hair highlights to home paints, learn more about what is safe for your baby.

Cleaning Supplies

Ensure that there are no warnings for carrying women on the labels of cleaning products. Follow the safety instructions on the label whenever you use chemicals such as glue, paint, or cleaning goods. Naphthalene is a chemical found in mothballs. Haemolytic anaemia, which is brought on by very high naphthalene exposure levels, is a disorder that damages blood cells. Fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are signs that naphthalene exposure in excessive doses may cause. Newborn babies are especially at risk if exposed to naphthalene.


Toxoplasmosis is a widespread infection that affects most mammals, including humans, and can seriously interfere with pregnancy. Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a parasite, can be found in cat feces, or cat litter that has been contaminated with infected cat excreta. There is relatively little chance of contracting toxoplasmosis when pregnant. But if you contract the disease early in pregnancy, it can increase the risk of miscarriage and can result in blindness and brain damage in an unborn child. Mild flu-like symptoms, such as a high body temperature, a sore throat, and achy muscles, are indicators of toxoplasmosis. There is no standard toxoplasmosis screening for pregnant women. So, you should be aware of infection prevention techniques.

Fake Tan

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the main component of fake tans, which is a non-toxic chemical that interacts with cells in the epidermis to produce the brown pigment known as melanoidin. DHA is not absorbed into the body since it does not penetrate the skin’s outer layer. Using fake tan lotions and creams while pregnant is acceptable. However, it is not advisable to get a spray tan while pregnant since you might inhale part of the spray and it is unknown whether this is harmful to the unborn child. In some cases, fake tans might also trigger an allergic reaction. Your hormone levels can alter during pregnancy, which can increase the sensitivity of your skin. If you choose to use an artificial tan, test the product on a small patch of skin beforehand to check for an allergic response. These are only a few things that you should avoid while pregnant. You can visit a free womens clinic in your area to know about the things that you need to avoid while pregnant.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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