by Cassie Shortsleeve, Updated: August 18, 2020

Exposure to these chemicals could increase the risk in male fetuses for congenital reproductive anomalies, says Kecia Gaither, M.D., an OB/GYN and director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, NYC Health + Hospitals System in the Bronx, NY. Spray and aerosol cleaners. Studies suggest that exposure to spray cleaners while pregnant could increase risk of asthma. “Some cleaning agents, particularly if they are aerosolized, are readily inhaled — and if within a closed non-ventilated room can prove toxic,” says Dr. Gaither. “These compounds are irritating to the respiratory system and can aggravate clinical medical entities such as asthma or emphysema,” says Dr. Gaither.

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