Two updates you might want to make around the home after finding out you're pregnant

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There are a few changes you might need to make around the home after discovering that you're pregnant. Carry on reading and find out what they are.

Replace your mattress if it's worn out and has become uncomfortable

If your mattress has become increasingly uncomfortable to sleep on because it has worn out, then now would be an excellent time to replace it. The reason for this is as follows; the condition of people's mattresses can directly impact how soundly they sleep. 

Whilst you might be able to tolerate your imperfect mattress at the moment, you may find it very hard to sleep well on it when you reach the later stages of your pregnancy and have a much bigger bump and are experiencing all of the issues that can come with it (like lower back pain and difficulty getting up from a lying or seated position).

If you have to sleep on an old mattress which, for example, sags a lot in, each of the numerous night-time trips to the bathroom that you will need to make when you're close to the end of the pregnancy will be incredibly frustrating, as you will find that the combination of your large bump and the sagging mattress will make climbing out of the bed incredibly difficult. Similarly, if the some of the mattress springs are broken and are on the verge of poking through the fabric, they might eventually pierce the material and end up scratching your bump, which could be very painful. Old, squeaky mattress springs could also keep you awake.

The broken sleep you could experience as a result of these mattress-related issues could make your pregnancy much tougher than it needs to be. As such, it might be best to buy a new one.

Make a few changes to your cleaning rota

If you have a cleaning rota in your home, that you use to assign certain chores to certain household members each week, you may need to make a few changes to this rota and stick to these changes for the duration of your pregnancy. For example, if you have a cat in your home, you may have to ask another household member to change this animal's litter tray from now on, as it is dangerous for pregnant women to come into contact with one of the parasites that can be found in cat waste.

Similarly, if you normally sweep the patio paving and wipe down the patio furniture, but the neighbour in the adjacent house smokes in their garden all of the time, then you might have to swap this chore for another one, as breathing in secondhand smoke whilst pregnant can be dangerous, as it can lead to premature labour or miscarriage.


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