Post # 1
Here I am again, as you may be able to tell I’ve got a lot of questions.
So my work has been planning on doing renovations for quite some time and I was made aware of this, but I didn’t really think to much about it plus they weren’t supposed to start until next month when I’m into my second trimester.
Well I guess they decided to start early and started today and on day number one it’s bad, the smell of the paint thinner, paint and dust and some other unknown chemicals is pretty strong, or perhaps it’s my super sense of smell but it’s not doing much for my already sensitive stomach either.
So I was wondering if anyone knows if it’s even safe to be around these fumes and if there was anything I could do, if it’s unsafe, to ensure the safety of the baby while it grows, I’m only at 7 weeks today and overly concerned about its development until we get into the second tri.
Thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 3
@Mrslovebug: I was reading about chemical cleaners in my Mayo pregnancy guide book, and while it is ok to be around them for short periods of time, if you feel dizzy, headache, or the smell is bothering you, you need to get out immediately for some air. I would also make sure you have a LOT of air flow in your house.
I don’t think at any point of pregnancy it is really ‘safe’ to be around chemicals, paint, etc, but if you absolutely have to, make sure to take frequent breaks, keep it well ventilated, and always, always, always, always wear a face mask (like the painter ones. They are thicker than the doctor masks).
If I were you and could go somewhere else, I would. Just until it airs out a bit.
Post # 4
@Mrslovebug: I would ask them what they’re using and if it’s safe. Make sure they’ve got all the windows open and wear a mask to be on the safe side. If you have somewhere you could spend the night while the fumes are at their worst, then I would go ahead and do that.
Post # 5
Thank you ladies for your responses.
The renovations aren’t taking place in my home but are at my job, so I’m kinda stuck since it’s my shift. I work at a resort as customer relations and spend the majority of my shift communicating with guests, I don’t know how my supervisor would feel with me wearing a mask, but so far today I’ve went outside when the fumes were too much for a few minutes, hopefully soon they will move on to another part of the resort and it wont get to me so much