There are a lot of things you need to think about when you’re expecting. Washing clothes during pregnancy is probably not at the forefront of your mind but, when you’ve got new bump-friendly or nursing-appropriate garments, it’s good to know the basics. Here’s all the essential information you need to know and lots of useful tips!
Washing clothes in pregnancy
You might be thinking, washing clothes during pregnancy isn’t necessarily that fun. You’re tired, probably got backache, and eventually that bump is going to get right in the way! That means it’s worth getting the help of a partner or friend to do these kinds of chores, especially during your third trimester, if you can. Avoid lifting heavy loads – do it little by little if this is easier.
When it comes to maternity wear, washing clothes in pregnancy needn’t be too different to any other time. Whether second-hand or recently bought, most can go straight in with your regular wash! Just watch out for any detailing, like draw-strings or buttons. These are quite common on maternity wear as they give a more flexible fit, but aren’t great in machines. Try putting items in a mesh bag and/or washing on a gentle spin cycle.
Washing clothes by hand during pregnancy
If need be, you could try washing clothes by hand during pregnancy. This can be a good option for more delicate fabrics and the kind of detailing you think isn’t going to withstand a machine spin. Light exercise is recommended for women who are pregnant, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in – just be sure not to hurt your back! Bend with your knees, not your spine, and take frequent rests to avoid getting too exhausted by your chores.
Safe cleaning products to use while pregnant
It’s understandable to worry about the products you use during pregnancy, or even whether it’s safe smelling laundry detergent while pregnant. The best thing you can do is use a gentle laundry detergent! Pregnancy clothes will feel soft and remain perfectly clean with non-bio and hypoallergenic products, such as Persil’s Non-Bio detergent or a fabric softener like Comfort Pure. Keep in mind to always do your laundry in well ventilated areas!
Those are our top tips for washing clothes during pregnancy. Remember, you don’t need to change your routine too much. Just be sure to use a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent and, if in doubt, ask for some help from friends or family!
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