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Old 04-07-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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Painting while pregnant?

Do you do it? I am 11 weeks and we're redoing our bathroom. DH has done all the painting this week, but its just not up to my standards (and I'm not not that picky lol!). It still needs a second coat and the door and trim need to be painted still. Would you do it or just play it safe and let DH continue?

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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I have to paint next weekend and I'm just going to make sure I get low voc paint
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: Painting while pregnant?

I have, in both my pregnancies we were redoing different things in the house and while I let my dh refinish the hardwood floors and that sort of thing that deals with stinky chemicals, when we painted I always helped and we always buy zero or low voc paint. I think its safe as long as you get that kind of pain.t
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Re: Painting while pregnant?

They also sell those painting face mask breather things, I have one and its no fun to wear but works.. cheap ones are like 15$ mine was like 30 and is mid grade. so not cheap but it may be worth it to you to have extra reassurance. I found mine at home depot by the painting accessories.
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Re: Painting while pregnant?

I had my DH paint a dresser I got for the boy's room outside. It was left overnight then he brought it in. I am not that worried. He needs to touch up the paint in our bedroom and I have asked him to do it on a warm day so the windows are open. I don't want to be around it directly, but I don't think it will kill me or the baby.
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Either get a mask (hot and sweaty, yuk!) or get low, preferably no VOC paint.

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Old 04-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #7
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Re: Painting while pregnant?

I painted the living room, dining room, and 1 bedroom... nobody else here can do a good job, so it's all me. I got no VOC paint and made sure it was ventilated. I feel so much more relaxed being in a living room that doesn't have walls painted 3 different colors!
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I haven't but I would just get no VOC paint, as others have mentioned and make sure your workspace is well-ventilated.

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We did have low voc and I started painting, but dh's 14 mile run turned into a 5 mile run so he got home right after I started and made me stop. It really doesn't look bad. The trim paint is not low voc so I will prob just let him do that too and keep my fingers crossed the whole time.
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This is my first pregnancy (baby #4) that I haven't painted. I keep the area well ventilated and get low odor paint.
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