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Can I Paint Inside When I'm Pregnant?

Can I Paint Inside When I'm Pregnant?

It’s no secret that pregnant women have to adjust many of their routine habits to ensure that their baby stays safe. Not only are they encouraged to introduce pre natal vitamins supplements to their diet, but they’re also advised to limit their caffeine intake, cut out alcohol altogether, be careful about seafood, and--this one is new to me--avoid prepackaged lunch meat.

So what about exposure to fumes from interior painting? Is it ok for mother’s to paint while pregnant? Is it even ok for mothers to be around painting while pregnant? The simple answer is yes—but with some simple house painting guidelines:

  1. Avoid exposure to fumes from oil-based paints, stains and thinners. Use a latex/acrylic (water) based paint.
  2. Do not sand or scrape any old paint that may contain lead.
  3. Keep the painting area well-ventilated. Open the windows, and make sure fan is running.
  4. When possible, have someone else do the painting for you.
  5. If you cannot open windows, or if you want to be extra careful, use a Low-VOC or No-VOC paint.
 

Follow these key considerations, and painting while pregnant can be a perfectly risk-free activity. If you're homeowner in the San Francisco Bay Area and are looking for a painting contractor, contact us to discuss your next painting project.

We’re always available to help with painting ideas, and to give creative painting tips. As an experienced residential painting company, we can guarantee that the work done in your home will meet all safety requirements while simultaneously achieving the highest aesthetic quality.

 
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