Is it Safe to Pump Gas While Pregnant?

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Today I’m going to discuss gas, but not the kind of gas pregnant ladies usually worry about. I’m talking about gas for your car.

Where I live in Massachusetts, at most gas stations, you have your choice of self-service or full-service pumps. As much as I would love to keep my keister warm in the car, I always use the self-service pumps because I’m a frugal cheapskate and the DIY-pumps are a few cents cheaper.

So yesterday I was filling up my tank after school while my kids were rocking out in the car. The older man at the pump next to me finished up and glanced at me and then said, “Oh honey! I can help you with that! You shouldn’t be doing that in your condition!”


I could tell the man’s heart was in the right place so I resisted the urge to react like a toddler and instead told him I was almost done, but thanks anyway. As he drove off I stood there wondering what his objection was to a pregnant lady pumping gas? Was it the fumes? The chemicals? Should pumping gas be one of those things that I avoid, like coffee or lunch meat?

Thankfully, the incomparable Pregnant Chicken has researched this very topic and it looks like you don’t have to worry about it, unless pumping gas is part of your job and you have to do it all day long. Inhaling the gas fumes for too long can make you loopy, which obviously isn’t great for your baby.

So I will continue to pump my own gas. But maybe I’ll treat myself to the full-service island once I hit 36 weeks, just as a 9th month luxury.

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