Advice for Painting During Pregnancy

Getting the nursery ready is an exciting part of preparing for the arrival of your pēpi.

Getting the nursery ready is an exciting part of preparing for the arrival of your pēpi. Will you go for a neutral theme, be inspired by nature, or opt for pretty pastels? There are many styles to choose from and a room can be cleverly transformed on a budget. 

You might be tempted to paint a feature wall but in general, the recommendation is that you should not paint during pregnancy. It’s best to pass this job onto someone else if you can. 

Waterborne paints contain very low levels of solvents and some contain none at all. Thus, the risk from exposure is very small. However, there are still potential hazards to be avoided when redecorating. You should be careful of strenuous stretching actions when painting walls and ceilings or putting up curtains. Climbing up and down step ladders can also be risky if you lose your balance so ask someone else to reach up high if you need to.

However, if you have decided to paint some small projects – such as creating a picture frame or sprucing up the cot – then the following is recommended:

  • Avoid oil-based/solvent-borne products. Use only waterborne products.
  • Do not use spray paints.
  • Wear a suitable mask when sanding and painting.
  • Do not eat or drink during painting.
  • Ensure good ventilation during and after painting.
  • Do not use any solvent for cleaning tools etc.

Always consult your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns before carrying out a project while pregnant.

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