With low exposure and occasional use -- while unlikely to cause a risk to an unborn child in the later stages – scientists simply don't have enough information available to them to make a clear indication as to whether or not it can be linked to instances of childhood developmental issues, instances of cancer or other health concerns. There is no consistent conclusive evidence. Their feeling is that it is better to play it safe.
What Research Does Know
Every insecticide is poisonous to some extent, with research suggesting that when given in higher doses of exposure, it can possibly be a contributing factor towards miscarriages, as well as preterm deliveries or even birth defects.
There are certain chemicals in insecticides such as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) that are known to have a weak, estrogen-type hormone of mimicking-qualities -- known as endocrine disrupters -- and scientists feel these may be affecting the reproductive system in unborn children.
Researchers know that all of the chemicals have the potential to harm, including the all-natural brands. They have to have ingredients that are going to kill an infestation of bugs, so they have to be harmful to an extent. They strongly urge that all labels be thoroughly read and all directions followed carefully when using the products, especially if you have no option but to use them whilst pregnant.
Alternatives to Insecticide
There are alternatives to using store-bought insecticide products inside the home if you are pregnant.
Why Spray for Roaches
Not spraying for roaches is unhealthier for you and the baby than spraying for roaches. They carry diseases, not through bites or stings but by what is on them. They're filthy with excrement and vomit and can cause illness by way of direct contact. If they scurry over your surfaces, or on top of your dishes or utensils without your knowledge, and you use those things, you're being exposed to whatever disease is living in their poop.
They carry any number of nasty, horrible infections along with a multitude of different bacteria, as well as cause allergies to flare and asthma to act up. In pregnant women they can cause respiratory issues. So, having an infestation when pregnant could be dangerous for your breathing, and thus your child.
Those are reasons enough to want to spray these suckers, but here are some more: They will crawl on you at night and expose you to all of the creepy crawly diseases they’ve picked up as they scurry through trash, poop and worse.
If you follow this and other researchers’ advice and let the professionals handle the infestation for you, there are certain things you need to do in order to keep you and your baby healthy. There are the precautions you need to take:
Is Fly Spray Harmful When Pregnant?
Surprisingly, insect repellent is safe for you women and your unborn child -- if it is used as intended, but you certainly don't wish to bathe in it, so don’t ‘over-spray’. It is definitely recommended you do use it, but only buy any one of the top-three that are properly regulated including DEET, Picaridin and IR3535.
OLE or PMD are not recommended.
Research shows no adverse effects on baby survival or growth or development at birth or as of the age of one after being exposed to any kind of insect repellent during the second and third trimesters. Authorities indicate that it should be used minimally and in conjunction with other measures such as covering up with long sleeves, long pants, socks, covered shoes, and an overall cautious approach.
Insect borne diseases are far worse to deal with than any insect repellent. Flies, mosquitoes, and other insects carry dangerous, even life threatening diseases and repelling them is far better than being exposed to what they can infect you with.
What Helps Bug Bites When Pregnant
Bug bites can be annoying, itchy and nasty, especially mosquito bites, and they can infect you with viruses and parasites that could make you sick or cause you to get an infection. There are a few different options that you can use to treat bug bites while pregnant in a natural way.
Do Pregnant Women Get More Bug Bites
Being pregnant increases your average body temperature, plus, breathing a little heavier due to carrying more weight than usual increases your carbon dioxide output. Insects, especially mosquitos, love heat and carbon dioxide. So, to reduce the chances of being bitten, stung or annoyed by unwanted visitors, here are some tips to help keep you insect free:
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