Can I pump gas while pregnant?

Shit. I thought this one was going to be easy but instead I’ve spent weeks sifting through nerd sites trying to figure out all the specifics on gasoline fumes. If you write about gasoline toxicity for a living, my apologies, but c’mon.

So I’m going to make this fairly easy. Don’t worry about it.

Okay, okay, I know I should tell you what can happen with gasoline (or Petrol, if you’re drinking a Guinness) but it’s just going to scare you and we’re talking constant exposure or inhalant abuse. So if you don’t work in a refinery or know what a Whippet is, you’re probably okay.

That said, you may want to get out of pumping gas. I mean cripes, you’re busy making a person so keep this little nugget in your back pocket for when it’s windy and you don’t want to get out of the car:

Gasoline in its natural state has a rapidly intoxicating effect causing symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, slurred speech and hallucinations. Fumes in sufficient amounts can cause kidney damage among other problems and are carcinogenic in sufficient concentrations in the air. As exposure continues, oxygen is replaced by components of the gasoline fumes and seizures and death can occur.

There ya go.

(You really want to know what a Whippet is now, don’t you?)

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  • lol this reminds me of when I was 8 months pregnant, filling my pickup truck up at costco and pulling the same move the guy in the picture is. I had had a really bad day and the attended came over to me. I thought ‘oh that’s nice, he’s going to give me a hand!’ Nope. He gave me crap for how I pulled in and how I was pulling on the hose. I burst out crying. The look of horror on his face as he hastily backed away mumbling something about checking on this or that was all I needed to feel better! Maybe next time he’ll think twice about harassing a poor fat pregnant woman pumping her own gas.

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