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February 9th, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Are there certain types of paint that are safer to use while pregnant? I want to be able to help hubby paint the nursery. Should I just avoid it?
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February 9th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Yes. Use a low-VOC or no-VOC paint. The volatile organic compounds that give regular paint it's "fresh paint" smell are toxic and best avoided both for you and the baby.
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February 9th, 2013, 10:22 AM
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I painted the nursery by myself last weekend - I used a no-VOC paint and had the window open. Couldn't smell a thing, didn't get dizzy from fumes or anything like that.
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February 9th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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I painted the nursery by myself last weekend - I used a no-VOC paint and had the window open. Couldn't smell a thing, didn't get dizzy from fumes or anything like that.
What brand?
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February 9th, 2013, 10:38 AM
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What brand?
There are lots of brands, pretty much all major paint brands now have a low or no-VOC option. When I painted DD's nursery 2 years ago I used the Sherwin Williams version, I think it was called Harmony. We also used a Porter Paints one on our closet, which was totally unventilated and so it was super important to use that kind in there.

Opening windows is a great way to keep the air toxics down. Not always possible at this time of year but a great idea if you have to use a regular paint.
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February 9th, 2013, 11:47 AM
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I asked my OB with my first pregnancy and she said I didn't have to use the special paint as long as the windows were open. We painted the nursery in June so it was easy to do. Didn't have any issues.
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February 9th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Be careful when looking for a low or no-VOC paint. Many times the tint that they use to color the base contains VOCs, so the can could say no-VOC but the tint may.
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February 9th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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We've got a hardware store here called Rona, it was their store brand...which isn't much help to you since you're not in Canada, lol...Sorry!
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February 9th, 2013, 09:39 PM
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We just painted our older boys' room and I helped dh by doing all the taping and letting him to all the painting. I'm not sure what kind of paint we used, but he kept the windows open wide so the smell wouldn't make it downstairs to me. I felt bad when I saw him come down in a sweatshirt jacket & stocking hat because it was so cold, but he said he didn't mind. So even if your nervous about being in the room painting, maybe you can find another way to help him.
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