Tips for Painting While Pregnant
Decorating the nursery is something new parents look forward to. It’s one of the steps along the path that makes you recognize that this really is happening, and that your baby truly is on the way. Once you’ve decided on the perfect theme and wall color, the next step is the actual painting process. If you’re wondering whether you should paint while pregnant, take a look below. We’ll delve into the question itself and then introduce some essential tips for painting while pregnant. Check it out!
Can You Paint While Pregnant?
Almost every pregnant woman asks whether it’s a good idea for them to paint. And though it is a straightforward question, the answer is not so clear. Right now, there is no clear evidence that painting is harmful to a pregnancy, and according to the American Pregnancy Association, “The assumption is that household painting involves very low levels of exposure.” That said, there’s not enough research that fully states which trimester is safer than the others for painting. However, there are steps you can take to promote a healthier painting experience. You can find those below.
Choose Water-Based Paints
If you decide to paint while pregnant, be particularly choosy about your paint. You’ll want no VOCs, non-toxic, low or no odor, and an ingredient list that is transparent—think eco-friendly paints. More importantly, you need to look into the base of the paints—oil-based paints are a no-go for pregnant painters. Instead, choose a brand that is water-based, as you’ll limit the amount of toxins in the paint. ECOS Paints meets all of these standards.
Keep the Windows Open
This is a helpful tip for all painters, but it’s even more important for pregnant painters. Proper ventilation and air circulation will help ensure that nothing from the paints will linger or cause any damage. That’s why painting in the spring and summer is easier than in the winter, since you can open up the windows and turn on the fans without getting too cold.
Take a Shower Afterward
Even if you didn’t splatter lots of paint on yourself while painting, getting in a quick wash of hair and body will help rinse off any lingering paint. Taking this extra precaution will give you peace of mind afterwards.
Be Aware of Clumsiness
Another important tip—keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. Your center of gravity shifts when you’re pregnant, and if you’re not aware of it or you climb up on a ladder, that center shift could mean a fall. If a ladder is needed to reach higher spots or even if you have to go up on your tiptoes, ask someone else to help out with those areas.
If you follow these tips and follow safe painting procedures in general, you should have an enjoyable painting experience while pregnant. When it comes to the paint you choose, turn to ECOS Paints. As we mentioned, we meet all the standards you’d want in an eco-friendly paint. Lullaby Paints by ECOS, our line of nursery paints, has everything from wall paint for your nursery to crib paint for your baby's new home. Shop now and get started on the nursery of your new baby’s dreams!