Holy Gestation! What To Do When You're Pregnant And You've Just Found Mold In The House

Posted on: 10 February 2015

So you thought you were the only warm body in the house eating for more than one, did you? Turns out, you've just found mold that appears to have been eating for what seems like thousands. Nasty black or white or green-tinged spores that are climbing up walls and breeding on your shoes.

Step away from the area, close it off if possible, and do the following:

1) Get to fresh air, stay calm, and try to determine the source of mold.

Take some deep breaths and realize that you and baby are most assuredly fine. Small exposure to mold should not harm either of you.

There are no known studies of mold causing harm to humans during pregnancy, though other mammals may have some increased risk of birth defects.

But mold in the home can have a very negative health impact on you and your family if left untreated. Try to figure out what is feeding the mold. If a closet is leaking, is a pipe leaking behind the wall? Is the roof or attic leaking? Knowing the source of moisture feeding the mold is the key to killing it and preventing its return.

2) Have a mold expert evaluate the problem.

There are many types of mold that grow in homes. Treatments can vary depending on the type of mold, the surface it grows on, and the level of contamination.

It's better to have an experienced professional inspect your entire home. They will find other vulnerable spots where mold might start reproducing, and will show you how to take preventive measures.

3) Consider letting a mold professional handle the clean-up.

As a pregnant mom, you might be skeptical of strangers coming into your home with weird chemicals. If you worry about chemicals in the hands of trained mold-remediation experts, that should make you even more afraid to have any contact with the chemicals yourself while you're pregnant.

Some doctors recommend that any area of mold larger than 3'x3' should be handled by the pros. Others recommend you call in the experts when the area is greater than 3'x10', but also dissuade vulnerable people from doing any mold cleanup.

If you do take on the task, you'll need a very good respirator, goggles, long gloves and other things you'll find here. At the link, it also reminds you that even dead mold can be hazardous to health, so you must kill and remove the mold in each area before the area will be considered mold-free.

It's probably best if you stay with friends or family - or reserve a room at a local hotel - while mold remediation is being done in your home. That might best be accomplished in the second trimester, long before baby is due. When you return home, you and your family will definitely be breathing a lot easier. Have more questions? Contact a company like Air Quality Analysts with your concerns.