We all want to get our homes ready for our new little bundles of joy, but paining and pregnancy doesn’t mix! Painting while pregnant exposes your baby to harmful fumes and chemicals that their little bodies are not ready for. If at all possible, you should ensure that your baby’s nursery is painted by someone other than you if you are pregnant.
Pregnancy and Paint Chemicals
There are a lot of dangerous chemicals used to create paint that are not good for you or your baby. Typically, a mature set of lungs can filter out the harmful toxins. However, when you are pregnant, the alveoli in your lungs are more open to allow a larger quantity of oxygen to reach your blood stream. This prevents your lungs from filtering out as much of the harmful chemicals, which means that you are giving them direct access to your baby’s body.
Paining while pregnant also pushes your body and your stomach muscles harder than your typical daily activity. This puts you at risk for inducing premature contractions and causing stress to your unborn baby.
While birth defects are extremely rare, some parents have suffered the misfortune of having a baby who was born with a birth defect that was caused by the mother painting while pregnant. The chemicals in paint can be very corrosive and toxic. Make sure to shield your baby from these substances if possible.
If You Must Paint While Pregnant
At times, it is impossible to avoid harmful chemicals while you are pregnant. If you must paint, ensure that you do not paint near basement insulation, on a ladder, or on an unstable surface.
Make sure to use paints that are certified in containing a low amount of volatile organic compounds and follow this check list to ensure your baby’s health:
- Wear protective clothing. This includes gloves, long sleeved shirt, pants and a dust mask.
- Keep the room well ventilated to allow paint fumes to be swept outside.
- Only paint for short periods of time.
- If the paint fumes cause nausea or an “ill-feeling” stop and allow someone else to finish the job.
- Never eat or drink near food. Do not store your food or drink beside your paint so that you can ensure that you are not ingesting the chemicals.
- Do not sleep in a freshly painted room. Ensure that the “new paint” smell is completely gone.
- Avoid painting in areas like basements. Basement insulation can contain asbestos, which is extremely hazardous to you and your unborn baby.
With the proper precautions, it is possible to paint without causing harm to your baby. Make sure that you wash your hands completely if any paint does get on them. This is especially important to do before you eat food that involves your hands. The last thing you want to do is accidently eat paint particles, which leaves your baby more vulnerable than breathing in the harmful fumes.
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