Pregnant women have weakened immune systems, so homes and healthcare facilities need to be cleaned for biology rather than just dust bunnies. We strongly believe abundant research indicates that homemakers and professional cleaning crews must move toward environmental cleaning. Our environment directly impacts our health. Quality environmental hygiene goes a long way toward keeping families safer, especially during pregnancy and post birth. While the studies we examine today focus on pregnancy, all chronic diseases compromise the immune system. Cleaning for health is important for everyone.

Air quality, drinking water quality, surface cleanliness all are among the factors that influence health during the critical time of pregnancy. The more determined we are to ensure these areas are as clean as we can make them, the better the odds are for positive outcomes for mother and child, as well as others in a household. Studies show that pregnant women often suffer more severe bouts with infectious diseases. Being proactive and doing all we can to prevent infection to begin with simply makes sense.

Pregnancy and Susceptibility to Infectious Diseases

As mentioned, indoor and outdoor air quality cannot be ignored. Poor air quality affects both mother and unborn child. While not always something that can be controlled, the research pieces here provide methods to mitigate potential ill effects of air quality.

How to prevent or reduce negative effects of air pollution

Pregnant Moms’ Air Pollution Exposure May Affect Babies’ Health

Concern about exposure to drinking water contaminants and their effects on adverse birth outcomes has prompted several studies evaluating chlorination disinfection by-products and chlorinated solvents.

Drinking water contaminants and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a review

Maternal and fetal exposures to fluoride during mid-gestation among pregnant women in northern California

Credit: iStock, JovanmandicInfection tied to insects and their outcome during pregnancy have been examined in these pieces.

Vertical transmission of Zika virus and its outcomes: a Bayesian synthesis of prospective studies

Malaria and Pregnancy: A Global Health Perspective