Painting when pregnant: is it safe?

Painting when pregnant

by Lorna White |
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Getting the urge to nest in pregnancy and prepare your home for baby's arrival is totally normal. From baby proofing the house to creating your dream nursery, there's plenty of jobs to be doing around the house, but is painting when pregnant safe?

You'll no doubt want to give the walls in your baby's room a fresh lick of paint before their due date, but you may be questioning whether or not it's safe for you and your unborn baby.

To help clear things up, we're here to answer all your questions on painting when pregnant so you can prepare your home for baby with some peace of mind.

Is painting when pregnant safe?

According to the NHS, being around paint fumes while you're pregnant is relatively safe, and it's very unlikely it will harm you or your baby.

It is however worth noting that it's not advised to use solvent-based paints when pregnant. You should also avoid working on old paintwork too when you're pregnant as there is a risk of this containing lead which can cause harm to your baby.

How to avoid risks

As an expectant mum, it's very normal to feel anxious, especially if it's your first pregnancy. That's why it's understandable why you'd want to minimise the risks of painting when pregnant altogether. If decorating is a must however, there are some simple ways to minimise the risk.

• Avoid eating and drinking in the room you're decorating in

• Always wash your hands well after decorating

• Use water based paints and avoid solvent-based paints and spray paints

• Keep the room you're decorating well ventilated by opening all windows and doors where you can

• Avoid painting until at least week 13 of your pregnancy (there's a greater risk from weeks 1 to 12 of pregnancy)

• Wear some protective gear including a face mask (remember those?), gloves, goggles, long-sleeved top and long trousers.

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