Post # 1
We are going to be moving soon and painting our new place so I decided we should not TTC for the next two cycles, but Darling Husband wanted to know if it’s really bad to paint during the first few weeks. I figured better safe than sorry, but I do wonder what’s really ok. From reading the TTC board here, it seems like it’s okay to have a bit of alcohol during the TWW. What about cleaning the litter box and painting? Does anyone have a link saying what’s ok in the TWW?
Post # 3
IMO – everything! I’m a believer in “drink ’til its pink” and that carrys over to everything else in my life too. I plan to live my life exactly as I always have until I have a positive pregnancy test.
Post # 4
So many people drink etc for a few months without knowing they’re preg and things are fine. You will make yourself NUTS if you put life on hold for 2 weeks every month.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I agree with the sentiment above, none of the effects of that stuff lasts long enough to make a difference until you’re ACTUALLY pregnant. And even then, 90% of the time it has no effect, it’s just that other 10% that makes it a good idea to avoid; but there’s no use in going overboard.
If a fetus were really that fragile, the human race would have died out LONG ago!
Post # 6
I agree with the other ladies. You can’t quit living your life for 2 weeks out of every month while TTC. It’ll drive you nuts! Plus, that early on the baby isn’t sharing your blood supply just yet. Live your life and enjoy it as you would. Paint away!
Post # 7
Until there’s a placenta you’re not sharing the bloodstream. So if you’re worried about paint chemicals lingering in your bood (or in the air). But something like deli meat or alcohol would not pose any risk in that early time before the placenta is in place.
Post # 8
@poetryreader80: I ditto everyone else. Our first month TTC, I cut out coffee, alcohol and anything else I could think of in the TWW. Once that cycle passed, I decided not to do that again because not only is it unnecessary since the baby is not sharing your bloodline at that point, but it also makes the process that much more frustrating as it takes more and more months. Good luck!
Post # 9
I don’t change the litter in the TWW… BUT that is mostly because my Darling Husband NEVER did it before so I use it more as an excuse now 🙂 HAHA
Post # 10
Agree with PPs. I do everything I normally do during the TWW.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’m not TTC, but when I do, I may cut out alcohol for the most part to increase fertility (since I’ll already be 33 or so). There is an effect even from a few drinks a week. Here’s one such study.
Post # 12
My doctor told me that as long as we have a fan going or window open, it’s more than safe for me to help paint the nursery. Not sure why you think that would stop you.
Post # 13
Thanks for all your responses! Reading all your comments, I think we are definitely going to be trying next month!
Post # 14
I’d say you’re totally fine during the tww, but if you’re worried – what not go for a low-VOC paint so there are no fumes?
Post # 15
I’m a “better safe than sorry” kinda woman on issues like these. Because it’s just not that hard to avoid and the risk just isn’t worth it at all.
Post # 16
Looking at the calendar, it looks like we’ll be done painting at least a week before I ovulate again, so it looks like I’m safe all around now. Whew!