Is insect repellent safe for pregnancy?

Is it safe to use mosquito repellent or bug spray while you’re pregnant? Yes. The best way to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they spread — especially if you’ll be spending time outside — is by using insect repellent.

Does DEET cause birth defects?

When used as recommended, DEET does not appear to cause harmful effects on a pregnancy. A study of 449 people who used recommended doses of DEET daily during the second half of pregnancy did not find an increase in birth defects or any effects on child development in the first year of life.

What happens if you use DEET while pregnant?

Unlikely. When used as recommended, DEET does not appear to cause harmful effects when used later in pregnancy.

Can bug spray cause birth defects?

Pesticides used to kill insects can harm a growing fetus, so pregnant women should stay away from them as much as possible. Exposure to them may cause miscarriage, early delivery, and birth defects.

Can you spray Raid while pregnant?

It’s not ideal to use ant and roach spray during pregnancy. The low exposure of occasional use is unlikely to pose a risk, but when it comes to most pesticides and chemicals, we don’t have much data on how they affect human pregnancies.

What chemicals should I avoid during pregnancy?

Chemicals to avoid when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Pesticides and herbicides. Some pesticides (bug killers) and herbicides (weed killers) are known to affect developing and newborn babies. …
  • Cleaning products. …
  • Paint. …
  • Mosquito repellent. …
  • Mercury. …
  • Arsenic-treated timber. …
  • Nail polish. …
  • Paint and lead-based products.
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Can bug bites harm my unborn baby?

Although it is not very common, bites and stings from creatures that have venom can cause problems in pregnancy such as miscarriage, birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, the placenta detaching from the uterus before labor (called placental abruption), and stillbirth.