(Closed) Next (dumb?) question: what’s the deal on painting?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My OB told me that most standard latex paints today have a low enough VOC content that it really isn’t a big deal as long as you aren’t locking yourself in a closed room and I was welcome to help my Darling Husband.  We went with the Sherwin-Williams Duration paint for the nursery and I look forward to painting tomorrow.  We’ve been doing a lot of home improvement including a bathroom remodel that I’ve been around.

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ahhh, congrats!!!!!! I’m a blog reader too… so happy for you! I’ve loved following your blog, as I feel like we are in the same stages a lot of time. Except I’m a few months away from starting to “try” to have a baby. But have felt the same way as you… recently ready to start thinking about it! LOL!

Post # 7
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You should be fine, but if you are going to help, I would wear a mask just in case. The masks are sold at the same place you get your paint. About the eating, when I was pregnant, I ate anything that I felt like eating and my kids turned out just fine. Honestly, if I saw all the commercials about the bad things for pregnant and nursing moms that are on these days back when I had my kids, I would have been too afraid to have any kids. As long as you use common sense, you will be fine.

Post # 8
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We used the Home Depot’s low-VOC brand, I think it’s called Fresh Aire.  Anyway, the doctor said that was fine, but if the fumes make me feel nauseous, I should wear a mask.

Post # 9
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I personally wouldn’t be comfortable painting with anything but zero-VOC paints while pregnant. We used Mythic paint for our nursery and you couldn’t smell anything. The furniture we bought had more of an odor than the paint!

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