Post # 1
Just curious…I’ve heard different opinions on painting while pregnant. How many have you painted or helped paint the nursery or any other part of the house while pregnant? We are doing some remodeling to a bathroom, nursery, and the other spare bedroom and I’d really like to help at least with the painting part. My Darling Husband says no way, but my mom and sister say that’s totally rediculous not to. I’m kind of in the “if I don’t have to, then don’t” camp, but I enjoy painting, and I already know my nesting is going to kick in full force pretty early, and I’ll be dying to have it done! What’s your opinion on it?
Post # 3
@sunny-day73: I wouldnt risk it. I know there’s concerns about the fumes from painting.
Post # 4
There are studies that say pregnant women should not be around paint fumes or any kind of cleaning fumes. I would let someone else paint the room for you.
Post # 5
My husband also said no when I offered to help, even with the special paint that is supposed to be ok for you. I was also concerned b/c paint fumes gives me migraines, so it was more reason to stay away.
We ended up hiring someone to paint for us b/c we had to do the whole house (just moved) and it was too much for just my hubby.
Post # 6
I’ll probably help paint the nursery (because I like to), but we’d only use the low-VOC paint. But if the fumes of regular paint give you migraines, I’d say don’t bother, even if you go with the low-VOC stuff. When you’re nesting instincts kick in, buy accessories for the room!
Post # 7
As long as you have ventilation, you’re fine. Benjamin Moore makes 2 kinds of no VOC latex paint. Stay away from oil based paint though if you are planning on painting trim or anything.
Post # 8
@soccerball: This is how I feel.
Well ventilated space (like, all the windows open), take breaks regularly, and only use low/no VOC paint. I’m pregnant, not handicapped, as long as the proper precautions are taken I wouldn’t obsessive over it.
Post # 9
i think it’s fine if it’s something you want to do! my husband and i painted our nursery when i was around 6 or 7 months. we had a fan and the a/c going and kept a window open. i also had a bandana to use as a mask (didnt really end up needing it) and took frequent breaks whenever i felt tired. i say just take it easy and keep the room ventilated and you should be fine.
definitely steer clear of climbing up any ladders though! we have high ceilings and it was hard to stick to this but clearly it’s not safe!
Post # 10
I painted the kid room and our room. Both while pregnant. I wasn’t as fast as I am when not pregnant but my husband can’t cut lines and thinks painters tape is useful. It’s a heck of a lot faster, and looks better, if I just do it myself. I just kept all the windows open and drank a lot of water. I tried to get done prior to 6 months pregnant though.
Post # 11
I’ve read no painting during first trimester and then after that use low/no-VOC latex paints (no oil based) and have area well-ventilated.
Post # 12
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You’re totally fine with using no-VOC paint (like Olympic Premium Interior Latex from Lowe’s). I painted the nursery, closet, and lots of other things (like doors and stuff) with my Olympic paint. It’s the shizz. You can’t smell any fumes at all! I would recommend this for all home paint, including your nursery, because paint can emit fumes for years afterwards, and who wants to inhale that? The price is the same as the smelly stuff, so just do a quick switchover and enjoy the nesting process
Post # 13
I’ll definitely be the one painting our nursery when we get to that point. Darling Husband can’t paint very well and I want it to actually look nice.
Post # 14
Yep, I painted the nursery, bathroom and hallway while pregnant, using non-VOC paint. I can’t remember how far along I was… maybe 6+ months?
Post # 15
My mother in-law and our friend (who is a painter!) painted the nursery and my husband added a cherry tree to one wall.
Post # 16
I wouldnt take the chance.