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Can The Smell Of Bleach Harm An Unborn Baby
Hi, I am 27 weeks pregnant. I accidently poured bleach into my toilet bowl with urine. Urine contain ammonia. Would it harm my unborn baby?
No: Obviously, this was a mistake without consequences to the fetus at this point. The advice is similar to former President Bill Clinton's response to smoking marijuana, "he didn't inhale" As long as you didn't inhale the vapors for a prolonged period and exercised that handle on the side of the toilet to flush, no worries. Please tell your treating OB MD of this question for his/her advice. ...Read more
Hi, I am 27 weeks pregnant. I accidently poured bleach into my toilet bowl with urine. Urine contain ammonia. Would the bleach and urine interaction harm my unborn baby?
No: It's nice to have a clean toilet. Most toilet bowl cleaners contain bleach a similar ingredient. It's fine to pee in a cleaned toilet. Better than having a dirty bathroom. ...Read more
Not just 1 sniff: Repeated exposure to PVC aerosol in pregnancy has not been shown to cause fetal abnormality or miscarriage. However, it's not good for you & not enough is known to be comfortable doing it in pregnancy. Just using a hairspray is probably ok but there are no conclusive studies of safety in pregnancy. ...Read more
I didn't notice how much bleach I was using in my restroom until my entire apartment smelled strong of it. Could this harm my unborn? Inhaled about 5min
Should be fine: The placental barrier provides some good protection and 5 minutes of inhaling a strong bleach odor, once it goes through your lungs to start would not be that problematic to cause much concern. All should be fine, but be sure to aerate the house with proper ventilation next time. Best wishes. ...Read more
Unlikely: Small amounts of caffeine are probably safe in pregnancy. It's best to limit yourself to less than 200 mg a day, about the amount in two 8 ounce cups of coffee. Large amounts of caffeine, can interfere with your sleep, cause dehydration and stimulate heart rate irregularities. Caffeinated sodas have about 1/3 the caffeine as coffee and tea has about 1/2. ...Read more
Can ajax harm an unborn baby I ate a sandwich that tasted like it. I just want to know just in case I did eat some on my sandwich from the store?
Yes: And it can harm you. Please stop and seek medical care. ...Read more
No: There's nothing to suggest this is true. Today we are much more concerned than we were in the past about alcohol, tobacco and drugs affecting the unborn child. But you cannot allow yourself to become afraid of everything that you will normally meet in the course of your life. Congratulations to you as a mother-to-be. Be discerning. ...Read more
Can you harm an unborn baby by drinking vingear? If so can you harm yourself as well? What are the things that can happen to you?
I had car running while closed garage door then immediately turned it off, did I breathe residual CO and did it harm unborn baby?
Possible: Need to immediately spend 30 minutes outdoors in fresh air. Minimal exposure should expose you to less CO than you would be exposed to when walking by an active roadway. If you were in closed vehicle with minimal idling and immediately exited the garage exposure should be minimal. Prolonged fresh are is warranted. Prolonged idling and exposure would warrant a visit to ER ...Read more
24wks preg. Transitionin toddler to bed & it has new mattress smell worried about danger to unborn baby. Have ventilated for 2wks.spend 1-2hr/dy there?
Will be fine: You are doing all the right things. Airing out the mattress, the room and spending a minimum of time with the offending item are all reducing your exposure. It will continue to smell for longer than you would like, but baby should be fine. ...Read more
No: Congratulations on your pregnancy. People will tell you this should be a joyful time, but human emotions are complex and often incomprehensible. If you find yourself tearing up for no reason, perhaps you can talk with your physician and get help learning ways to manage your thoughts. If there's a clear source of sorrow in your life, your physician or another wise person is a resource. ...Read more
I accidentally cooked and ate a store bought quiche without first removing the aluminium tray. Will this harm my unborn baby?
I've been holding my breath while being around strong smells to the point that I could not hold it any longer have I caused damage to my unborn baby?
No: Unless you are holding your breath for unusually long times (like 4 minutes) it's unlikely your blood oxygen levels are getting dangerously low & even so it would be for such a short time that I doubt it could damage your baby.If the smells are due to toxic chemicals (like those in perfumes/ new paint/ new carpet/ tobacco smoke/plastics) you are doing your baby a favor by avoiding these exposures. ...Read more
No: Don't listen to the lawyer ads. There is no evidence for birth defects from zoloft (sertraline). It has been the antidepressant of choice for pregnant women for the last ten years because of the largest data base of babies born showing to clear effect. Such the ads naming it. There's a rate of birth defects in all and zoloft (sertraline) doen't increase that risk. Being depressed and not taking care of oneself is a risk. ...Read more
29wks pregnant.Got bitten by mosquitos (i think) when at park on Sunday. Worried about diseases & harm to unborn baby. What odds of catching something?
No worries at all...: The skin absorption is negligible... Congratulations!Get a more detailed answer ›
Was wondering I touched a little of lead wile cleaning they say it harms unborn baby when in contact with lead will my unborn be ok it wasint alot?
Don't worry: Lead is a danger when it's absorbed by the body. If you are handling lead regularly, and then eating with unwashed hands, that might be a concern. Or if you live in a home with lots of old lead-based paint, which gets mixed into the dust of the home, and eat with unwashed hands so that dust gets ingested, that would be a problem. Briefly touching a lead object is not a concern. ...Read more