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Should a 5 month pregnant woman PAINT?

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  • Mar 12th, 2018 6:15 pm
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Apr 9, 2008
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Dont paint, take some rest. what if you are trying to climb a ladder a fell? or just trip?
why take the risk??

I am tired of all these newspaper articles where a 9 month pregnant woman is wight lifting or winning gold in olympics.

pregnancy in itself is a huge responsibility and a big toll on a woman's health for something that is worthy of all moons and stars, so why tell her to do everything else is the world as if pregnancy is a benign situation. ITs a big thing that I am sure majority if not all man can take upon themselves if given an option; and yes, dont be fooled into doing it in the name of "women empowerment".
Jan 29, 2015
66 posts
zero voc paint probably doesn't really mean zero voc, since there's still voc in the colour pigments.
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Aug 22, 2011
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rytwjyx wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 4:34 pm
zero voc paint probably doesn't really mean zero voc, since there's still voc in the colour pigments.
100% correct.
I recently bought 0 VOC paint with a disclaimer of "No VOCs (before adding colourant)".
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Apr 14, 2015
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Tsuu T'Ina, AB
Consider painting the room after your baby is born. In fact, wait three to five years, because it will certainly need it much, much more by then.
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jetsfan69 wrote:
Jul 20th, 2017 3:08 pm
Can a pregnant woman paint a single bedroom? Should we be concerned about the fumes odour / it may have health risks for the baby ?
Are you asking for yourself or you significant other? If it's your SO, remember to stand at a safe distance close to exit doors. Have a box of chocolates that you can gently toss her favourite in her direction. If things get bad, toss chocolates in her direction, exit immediately, and only return when it's safe to do so.

If you're asking for yourself, use a latex based paint (as long as you're not allergic to latex) and keep a good airflow. So no melamine paints. Remember to have ice cream and water and coffee close by. Touch ups should be done on your due date, this will speed things up and you'll have a shorter labour.
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Feb 16, 2013
776 posts
I wouldn't either. There's enough crap in the air and food to deal with, never mind more.
Very little benefit to knows what kind of risk.
Mar 1, 2018
40 posts
There are no studies that document the effects of household painting on pregnancy and the developing baby.
However, you should follow some recommendations to avoid undesirable consequences:
Avoid exposure to oil-, lead- and mercury- based paints. Lead based paint was commonly used prior to the 1970s, so avoid removing old paint because of the risk of lead exposure.
Exposure to lead paint increases the likelihood of lead poisoning and mental retardation.
Keep the area well ventilated.
Ideally, you should get someone else to do the job for you.
Feb 25, 2018
79 posts
Definitely, a pregnant woman should avoid painting at any gestational age.
But if you can’t, at least decrease the likelihood of paint exposure:
Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing that includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts and gloves
Be certain that the room and house are well ventilated; open the windows and turn on fans
Limit the time you spend on the project; take breaks and move into the fresh air frequently