Is It Safe to Paint While You’re Pregnant? Are Fumes Dangerous for the Baby?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, November 25, 2016

painting a nursery

First of all (and most importantly), if you’re reading this congratulations are likely in order! There is just nothing like the excitement of planning and prepping for a new life to be added to your family. It can be a little scary and overwhelming at times, but it’s tremendously worthwhile.

A big part of this planning comes in the form of getting the home ready, and particularly a nursery if that’s the route you’re going.

This leads to a crucial question: is it safe to paint while pregnant?

Keeping You and Your Baby Safe While Interior Painting

Blue nursery by Four Walls and a Roof


Here are a few tips and considerations to keep in mind!

#1 Resist the Urge to Overdo It

If you are completing a do-it-yourself painting project, we strongly encourage you to ask for help, go slow, and not climb any ladders. This might seem obvious, but we thought we’d say it anyway since it can be tough to pump the brakes when you’re in go-mode.

#2 Consider Contacting a Professional Painter

Sometimes homeowners hesitate to call a painting company for projects they think are too small for a pro. In reality, there is no such thing. And, it’s tough to beat the fun of leaving a team of painters to it while you put your feet up at a friend’s house.

You also might consider a Painter for a Day program. This is a simple way to get a full day of painting from a professional for a simple, flat rate. Discuss your goals and priorities with your painter, and then enjoy 8 hours of painting expertise.

#3 Choose Low or Zero-VOC Paint Formulas

Paint has a come a long way in recent years. A prime example of this progress is low and zero-VOC formulas, an option that keeps fumes and “fresh paint smell” to an absolute minimum, or even nonexistent. These environmentally-friendly options are the way to go, especially if you’re painting during colder months when the windows are closed.

#4 Have You Checked Out Nursery Paint and Design Ideas?

If you haven’t scoped out yet, now is definitely the time. There are countless articles, inspiring photos, and ideas to browse. Have fun!

If you have any questions for us at Sundeleaf Painting, we hope you’ll give us a call! It would be a pleasure to help.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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