Painting During Pregnancy

There are so many things that we do in our lives that we may not even think about. We go about our days, performing any number of tasks, never really giving though to them all the while. That’s the way life works, we do what we need to get done and that’s it, right? Well that’s true until we get pregnant! Once we find out that we’re pregnant, it feels as though everything in life comes to a screeching halt. We’re worried about what we can safely eat, drink, and even breathe in. We think about every single task that we perform because it’s no longer about us, but rather the good of our baby.

If you find that you are thinking through even the most seemingly easy task at times, you’re not alone. One such task that does warrant much attention and thought is painting and other common and related household chores. You want to know what you’re getting into and do your best to avoid any potential risks.

Much Different Than It Used to Be

There’s always the argument that women in the past did everything without having to stop and think about it. While this may be true, the reality is that there wasn’t as much education or awareness about the potential risks of such activities. Though you don’t have to live in a bubble, you do need to do your part to avoid potential risks. When it comes to painting, the fumes can be dangerous for you and your baby. The rule of thumb is to avoid heavy inhalation, that is to keep the room as ventilated as possible. Keep the windows open whenever possible, or at the very least keep a fan running to ensure that the fumes move about and are dispersed rather than right there in front of you.

We all know that lead paint is dangerous in many ways. Though it’s hard to even find anymore, it’s important that pregnant women stay away from it at all costs. The fumes of this can be dangerous, but the good news is that it hasn’t really been used in homes since the 1970’s. That being said, when it comes to removing paint that was put on years earlier in your home and you’re not sure of the type, you may want to leave this activity for somebody else to do. Though the chances may be slim, you do want to do your part to stay away from any potentially harmful fumes.

Protect Yourself at All Costs

Fortunately most of the paints used today are considered to be perfectly safe. It is however still important to avoid contact with the paint so as to avoid actual consumption. Don’t put food or drink near paint, and do your part to cover up any exposed body parts while painting. These measures can ensure that you don’t have unnecessary exposure to paint, as that can be a possible problem.

Use common sense and avoid painting or breathing in fumes for an extended period of time. Also do your part to avoid any cleaners or preparation methods that can provide fumes that you aren’t sure of. Though they may not pose a risk to the baby, they may be hard for you to breathe in and may even make you sick to the smell. So use common sense, do your painting in small bouts, and keep the air circulating to avoid excessive fumes.

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