Post # 1
I’m 8w3d today, and we are in the process of remodeling our house. My Darling Husband is a big DIY guy, so we have not had a lot of ouside help. He did all the messy stuff, like knocking out drywall, etc, but today he cannot get anyone else to help him and he needs my help to feed wires to him while he is in the attic. The thing is, is that our attic is full of blown-in insulation. I would not be in the attic, but instead in a bedroom passing the wires to him. The risk that I am afraid of is some of the insulation coming down. I have a face mask that I can wear, but I am still paranoid about this. It’s really frustrating though, because the person who was supposed to help him bailed, and there is literally NO ONE else we can ask. What are everyone’s feelings on this? And please, don’t blast Darling Husband for asking me to help…if he had anyone else to help him, he would have them do it.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t stress it, wear your mask, some safety goggles and make sure you shower all the crap off when your done…you live with that stuff over your head year round, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Post # 4
I’m 15 weeks pregnant and we spent half of the day today taking things up and down from the attic (I didn’t climb the stairs)…but I really didn’t think anything of it. I think you’ll be fine…it’s not like you’re licking the insulation. 🙂 If you already have the goggles and mask it sounds like a good idea to wear them, and as PP said, just take a good shower when you’re done!
Post # 5
Lol we remodeled during pregnancy and I was exposed to alot worse stuff then insulation. One of my gal pals works as a contractor and worked up til 8months. Relax you are fine 😀
Post # 6
Do it while you can, early weeks. I’m 33 weeks with no energy.
Post # 7
You should be fine with a mask and goggles, just make sure your mask is rated for insulation and you’re good to go! We’ve been remodeling our house for 3 years, including of course the whole time I’ve been pregnant. I stay away from the nasty stuff and don’t do any heavy lifting, but feeding wires should be fine!
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I tend to be very paranoid. My next question is this- where we have taken out walls, etc, we have some gaps in the ceiling. Hopefully the drywall will be up next weekend, but I am considering sleeping elsewhere just to be on the safe side. The gaps are not in our bedroom, but in the living room. The insulation in our attic is the loose stuff, which could fall out with the tiniest provocation.
Post # 9
We re-did our basement when I was pregnant, and we decided we will never remodel while pregnant again. More stress than I can handle! I would stay away from the insulation but also when they mud and sand the dry wall. You don’t want to breath that in and the particiles stay in the air for a while!
Post # 10
I really wouldn’t worry too much about the insulation. Darling Husband usually has it all over him when he comes home every day. It’s all over his clothes and then I am constantly touching them to do the laundry and never once thought about it. As long as you are in a ventaliated area you should be fine. I’m 39 weeks and have taken every precaution but insulation was never something that crossed my mind and I have stepped on plenty construction sites during my pregnancy.
I agree with carriejuly in regards to sanding. I would make sure they use some type of plastic to contain the sanding, because whether you are pregnant or not, you don’t want to keep breathing that in.
Post # 11
I’m with you on the remodelling part of pregnancy- although our projects will be mostly painting and sanding. I agree if you take precautions you should be fine, a lot of chemicals and fumes are the big problem of pregnancy- that’s why things like hair coloring, painting and household cleaners are sometimes on the ‘bad’ list. My dr. told me that as long as you have good ventillation your chances of inhaling anything dangerous are slim to none. Use common sense and you should be fine!
Post # 12
Thanks for all the replies! The next week or so is going to be the messiest part of the project, so for right now, I’m staying out of the house, even to sleep. Good thing my family lives right down the road! Plus, the AC unit is off and a hot house and crazy hormones do not mix!