Paint While Pregnant…Is it Safe?
When it is time to paint your nursery, or another room in the home, you may ask if it is safe to paint while pregnant. Many people wonder if the paint fumes can harm the baby. While it is okay for you to paint while pregnant, you do need to take precautions to avoid putting your health, and your baby’s health at risk.
Know what you are working with when you paint while pregnant. The exposure you have with the solvents and chemicals in the paint can be dangerous. You will want to avoid oil-based paints, thinners, and stains; instead, you should use water based paint – latex and acrylic. Ask someone else to scrap and sand old paint off the wall, which could contain lead.
Other Safety Tips
- Do not eat or drink anything while you paint. This helps you avoid ingesting chemicals.
- Wear protective gear to avoid getting paint on your skin. Long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and pants are types of gear to wear if you paint while pregnant.
- Open windows to avoid inhaling fumes. You should also wear mask to screen harmful fumes if you paint while pregnant.
- Keep the amount of time you paint limited. If you begin to feel ill, leave the room immediately to get some fresh air.
It is okay to paint while pregnant, but it is safer if you have someone else do the job for you. Smith and Company Painting has been providing painting services for over 50 years, and we can get the job done right!