Post # 1
Okay, so my husband and I will be TTC in a few months! I already have the nursery bedding set that I like picked out, (not purchased, but picked out), and have inspiration photos for what I want the nursery walls to look like, (no, I’m not eager at all! LOL!).
Mu question is, should you paint while pregnant? Is it okay if you do it if you wear a respirator (sp?)? Or should I paint now, (nursery is gender neutral), BEFORE I get pregnant? Or, when I’m pregnant, have my husband do the actual paint-roller-color-on-the-walls painting, and once the fumes are gone from the room, do the detail painting, (I have a special stamp set meant to be used with paint on walls).
HELP ME, BEES! PLEASE!
Post # 3
I have been told that it’s ok to paint while pregnant as long as the windows are open and it’s well ventilated. But, it’s always a good idea to ask your Dr 🙂 Also, just something you might want to consider- bedding gets discontinued all the time, so if your paint color is dependent on your bedding colors, you may want to wait until you conceive to choose a paint color and start painting, or wait until you buy the bedding. Just a thought.
Post # 4
I strongly second @sarahcisme: ‘s in buying the bedding before painting if your nursery scheme is dependent on this bedding. I worked at Pottery Barn Kids for a few years after high school, and would see pregnant moms fall in love with something and wait to buy it b/c they wanted to save it for the registery. i always tried to talk them into getting the themed stuff THEN and then adding basic complimentary items to the registry. nine times out of ten the item was no longer in stock when they came back to get it for themselves or to register for it.
however if you’re not in love with have to have this set, then no biggie. i’d def consult a dr before painting anything, but if you have a vision, why wait? it’d be one less thing to stress about when you do get pregnant.
Post # 5
I think if you were just painting a solid color then it’s fine. But I’d hold off on the stamp set. You never know how long it will take to get pregnant and if it takes a while you could change your mind or see something you like even better.
You can paint when you’re pregnant so long as it’s ventilated. Personally I’d wait (but then I’m due in 2 mos and STILL haven’t painted our nursery – because I keep changing my mind).
Post # 6
Right now our guest bedroom, which has frequent company, is the nursery. We have made NO plans to change that into the next room and set up until we are actually pregnant. I honestly think its bad juju to paint a nursery and not be pregnant yet. You have no idea how your journey is going to turn out.
Post # 7
I think it also depends on what your paint is going to look like. If its a neutral tan, yellow, gray, etc then go ahead and paint it now. However, if you are picking out a specific shade of green just because it matches that specific bedding set you may be setting yourself up for dissapointment.
Post # 8
Personally, I wouldn’t paint until I concieved. You never know what will happen, it could take longer then expected or you can have problems. Then you’re frusterated with TTC and you have this room to remind you of your problems.
I don’t feel comfortable painting while pregnant, so my husband and our families will be doing the painting.
Post # 9
They sell low-voc (i think thats what its called??) paints that have very very low odor coming off of them, and using those with a window open I’d imagine its just fine to paint. But I’d maybe ask a doc 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for the replies, ladies!
I have the bedding set picked out, but not yet purcahsed. It is already a discontinued set, but there are several sellers on eBay with several in stock so I’m not TOO worried about it not being available. I used to work retail, so I know all about stuff not being available when you want it…one of the reasons we waited until shortly before the bridal shower before we registered for our wedding.
As far as the stamping, I have the stamp set, and have had it for several years…before I even had my husband, (it was being discontinued so I HAD to buy it! LOL!).
I was kind of thinking of holding off on painting, just because, like it was mentioned, if we had a nursery ready and then had trouble concieving, I was thinking it might be heartbreaking walking past that room every day.
Okay, so for now at least I’ll wait. Or try to! I am very impatient! I live in Minnesota, but it IS finally starting to warm up, so even if I have to wait it won’t suck to have the windows open. And I will look for the less-smelly stuff, (Good idea, CorgiTales!).
Thanks again for the advice, Bees!
Post # 11
I say there’s nothing wrong with re-painting a room, especially if it’s a more neutral color. But, I would be careful about any decorating too far in advance because it can be really hard staring at a room that is ready for a baby that just isn’t happening.
Also, you can paint while pregnant, and one of the better options would be a no VOC paint.
Post # 12
Is the paint going to make it look like a nursery or could it still just look like a regular room?
I might be tempted to paint just to get it over with (because I don’t love painting a whole room) but only as long as it didn’t look too much like a nursery. I’m due in 6-7 weeks and I still haven’t finished setting up her nursery, mainly because it creeps me out to have a nursery and her just a squirmy belly baby. But there’s a drawback to waiting too long too. My husband just broke his arm so he’s a bit out of commission of moving furniture around, b/w me being super pregnant and him having a broken arm (the one he writes with too) we’re barely a functional person at this point, so whoops on waiting.
Post # 13
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It’s totally safe to paint with no-VOC paint (like Olympic Interior Premium from Lowe’s). Just do your research and find out which paints are fume-free. It’s better to paint with these anyway in a nursery, because paint will continue to give off fumes even after it’s dry. The price difference really isn’t much anyway.
Post # 14
Oh, it will definitely look like a nursery! It will be green grass, blue sky, and fences, and sheep and stars…
So yes, I will be waiting, and there is a Lowe’s about two miles from my house, so I will definitely get the no-VOC paint when I do paint. 🙂