major home remodel during pregnancy… crazy?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You need to be careful.  Don’t breathe in any toxic glue fumes.

Post # 4
7019 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@globalmargaret:  We got a lot of renovating done during 2 of my pregnancies, but most of that was done by my husband or tradesmen. (Because (a) I am hopelessly un-handy and (b) by the time morning sickness wore off I was huge). I think you need to assume you will be able to do very little. If you can’t afford tradespeople, is it possible for your husband to ask a friend or relative to help?

Post # 5
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@globalmargaret:  Congrats on getting the house & the baby on the way!!! I was useless from weeks 6-15. I ate, slept & worked out 3x per week, that’s it. I cooked maybe 5 times in my first trimester, poor DH! Weeks 15-20 were kind of a blur, but then I started feeling amazing from weeks 20-now (I’m 30 weeks now). At 21/22 weeks I went to Belize and even climed a mayan ruin! I’m 30w and doing more now then I’ve done my entire pregnancy but now I have my limits on how much to lift, get back pain after standing or walking too long, and not engage in activities that cause me to “bear down.” I think you can still help DH with the house, keeping in mind that there is are going to be some things that you can’t lift, or products you can’t use, but you are pregnant, not broken, so just listen to your body and do what you are comfortable with! Now is a great time to ask friends and family for help for sure!

Post # 6
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

@globalmargaret:  just make sure you aren’t doing the most labor intensive jobs. When painting and using other chemicals opt for low VOC and wear a face mask. 

Post # 7
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@globalmargaret:  There will never be a good time to do it, so I say go for it once you start feeling better. Though, you’ll want to be careful about fumes, etc.  Do you have a place to stay for a few days should you need to?


We had new carpet installed in our house and have done some painting.  The new carpet process wasn’t bad as far as fumes go. I was home all day and it got dusty and a little smelly but keeping the windows open during and for a few hours after was fine.  I would definitely do that earlier rather then later so the fumes can air out before baby arrives.  We did it when I was 30 weeks.


We just had a pipe burst in our home so we are going to do a pretty big kitchen remodel (had to tear out some counter/dry wall to get to the pipe) and tearing out our laminate flooring and replacing it with tile.  I’m 33 weeks pregnant.  I wouldn’t say this is great timing to do it, but it has to be done.  I would have rather it happened in the second trimester.  It’s more just the unexpected cost that has me freaked out. As far as having the work done, etc. I think it will be fine.  It’s just the stress of the unexpected that I could have avoided. I think if you plan for it and feel comfortable financially with the decision then you should go for it. It’s only going to be harder to find time to do it when baby arrives. 


FYI – I don’t thikn you should plan to much of the work yourself!  I missed that part in your post haha. We hired people to do everything.  If you do, get yourself a good respirator or something and just research beforehand what is safe/potentially hazardous for you to do.  You’ll probably be fine though. I move furniture around, patched drywall and sanded it (with a mask) etc.  Just be safe about it. 



Post # 8
4673 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are planning to gut our (uglyiest thing to come out of the 70’s) kitchen this spring/summer, at the same time that we will be TTC.  I think it wil be a lot easier to do this before rather than after a baby, and hopefully possitive results will help push the  project along.  

I second the suggestions of getting another friend or relative to help your husband with any projects that require you to do anything that you are uncomfortable with, or that may expose you to any bad fumes.  Just stay safe.  

Post # 9
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@globalmargaret:  Can you hire someone to do the work? I would think it would be less disruptive to do when you are pregnant than when you have a newborn that is sleeping all the time.

Post # 11
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My ob told me painting with acrylic paint in a well ventilated space was perfectly safe.  I used the low VOC/odor paint and it really does have a lower odor.

Post # 12
2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We closed on our house only a month ago (I’m 40 weeks pregnant) but were able to get in and do some work the month prior to that (we bought from family).  We got new carpet (hired someone for that), a new fence (again hired someone for that), some other small things a handyman did, but we did repaint everything and I helped with that.  We used Behr premium zero voc paint and it really wasn’t fumey at all.  Looking at the work we had done and still want to do (putting down laminate and tiling the bathrooms) there is no way I could have been of any help with any work until I was about 20 weeks.  I had energy then and wasn’t super huge but some things still would have been difficult due to not being able to lift heavy objects or climbing up and down ladders.

Post # 13
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I would never recommend this! My husband and I remodelled this summer while ttc/until my 20+ weeks of pregnancy: I have never been so overwhelmed… and I had no MS.

We gutted & rebuilt our whole basement ourselves so our whole house was a cluttered mess! I was helping him demo, putting up gyprock, plastering, sanding, painting etc…There was plaster dust & construction debris everywhere.

Over the 5ish months we were working on the basement I had a COUPLE of meltdowns. It was a mix of frustration from the prolonged mess that was conflicting with my want to nest & ALL the hormones.

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