Post # 1
I have heard that you shouldn’t, because of the fumes.
But I’d also heard the same with coloring your hair, but when I asked my midwife she said it’s a personal decision, and that as long as I don’t use the box dye, I’d be fine.
We are hoping to buy a house ASAP before the baby comes, and I will want to paint the nursery! But I don’t know if I can…
Did any of you?
Post # 3
I posted this question not to long ago also, if you want to go back and read other peoples responses. I asked my Dr about it Monday, and he said its ok as long as you do it in moderation (like don’t try to paint the entire house in one day), use latex paint, take frequent breaks, and do it in a well ventilated area. He also said if you start to feel nauseaous or dizzy to stop (obviously) and you should be fine.
Post # 4
I painted the nursery and our own bedroom while I was pregnant, and I’m looking at my very healthy 3 week old son right now. I spoke to the people at the store where I bought my paint (I did all the research and knew what I was looking for), the one lady who was working in the paint department was pregnant and reassured me that the paint that is made now is safe. As the PP mentions, I would paint the entire house in one shot, but over time it should be fine. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
***Ooopss….I meant i WOULDN’T paint the entire house in one shot, not would paint the house in one shot…duh!
Post # 6
i painted our nursery with dh and it was totally fine. we just kept the windows open and a fan for ventilation, and i took lots of breaks. i didn’t even get dizzy or anything.
Post # 7
Just make sure you get a low VOC paint. It’s not just about your health, but your child’s health after he/she is born. While you’re preggo I would air out the room as much as possible before the birth.
Post # 8
@JoJo Bananas: I agree with this. Make sure you get a low VOC paint if you’re doing the paint job yourself.
Post # 9
From what I’ve read as long as you’re using latex paint, have good ventilation, and keep it short you should be ok. I’m planning on doing some painting because we have lots more to go in our house before we’re ready for the baby.
Post # 10
I’m planning on playing it safe and making Darling Husband do the painting (with open windows and fans for ventilation). I told him I could assemble furniture while he paints if that makes him feel better.
Post # 11
Me too, I suck at painting anyway. hehe.
Post # 12
Use a zero VOC paint. I found a zero VOC paint at Sherwin Williams (it is called Harmony) and it works great, and literally does not have a smell. Ace Hardware also has a zero VOC paint. My doctor told me that as long as I crack a window and have some ventilation, there will be no harm using this kind of paint!
Don’t go to Lowe’s or Home Depot, because they don’t have any!
Post # 13
Like previous posters said, I would probably pay a little extra for the zero VOC or low VOC paint. It is a paint that has very low or no toxic emissions.