Post # 1
We just heard back from our realtor that we will be closing on our new home on Jan 15th!!! We are both super excited, but I am slightly worried. We chose this house becuase it was a bit under our price range which will save us a lot of money in the long run, but it requires a few cosmetic upgrates before we settle in:
rip out 20 year old carpeting, install new flooring, many drywall patches/painting, 1 new window for the living room, new linolium in the bathroom…… etc.
None of the things to be done are terribly difficult, Mr. J and I are perfectly capable and confident in completing all of these tasks on our own but as the moment I am 6 weeks pregnany and either sleeping or sick to my stomach, there is no inbetween. I can not even imagine laying flooring at this moment are we taking on too much with a baby on the way or do you mamma bees think I will be able to handle it once the initial morning sickness nonsense goes away.
Post # 3
You need to be careful. Don’t breathe in any toxic glue fumes.
Post # 4
@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
@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
@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
@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
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
@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 # 10
We have some family in town who are willing to help with the deconstruction part, ripping our carpeting etc which will be a huge help, I think I will be alright laying the new flooring on my own becuase it is wood and there won’t be any glues or fumes to worry about. Just incase I am considering putting out an add on our local message boards looking for someone to do some light carpentry work. I had thought about the fumes but had not thought about the dust and smells being an issue, good point ladies.
I know there are some types of paint which are safer to use while pregnant, have any of you had experience with them? Are they actually less fumey?
Post # 11
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
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
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.
Post # 14
that is exactly what I am worried about. Our lease at our curent place is up the end of Feb so in theory we will have just over a month to work on it slowly, get things liveable and then move in as we need to… But knowing Mr. J I am willing to bet there is going to be some procrastination going on, a few melt downs, some late night moving/me in tears becuase I have no idea which box I put my favorite pillow in etc…
We talked about it yesterday and agreed to get a handy man to go in and tackle all of the prep work to save time and prevent my access to fumes/excess dust. Hopefully that means we will just be able to lay flooring, paint, move in and call it done. Hopefully it will work out that way, Im sure I will have plenty of updates.