4 Household Projects to Avoid When Pregnant
During pregnancy, your greatest concern is likely for your health and the safety and health of your new child. However, since this is often a time when your home also undergoes “readiness” changes, you might wonder if you can carry out certain home improvement projects. Some projects are completely safe, but others can be dangerous for pregnant women, especially projects that increase exposure to certain chemicals.
Refrain from any constant or long-term exposure to paint and especially to spray paint. Paint contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be linked to miscarriage, low birth weight and several health complications for a new baby and a growing child. These VOCs can also cause nasal, throat and breathing issues for an adult.
If you are replacing old paint that pre-dates 1978, there is a risk that the old paint contains lead. Avoid exposure to old paint that is chipped and cracked, and don’t scrape or sand old paint. If such work must be done, leave the job to a professional and vacate the house until after the project is complete.
Although newer paint is unleaded, look for paint with low VOC levels, and choose lighter tints. Avoid using oil paint altogether. To be extra safe, make sure your home is well ventilated throughout the painting process and for up to 10 days after paint work is completed.
Small amounts of carbon monoxide (CO) can cause infant brain development problems. There may be other sources for carbon monoxide in your home, such as gas or wood burning fireplaces, and gas stoves, but one of the most probable household sources of CO is a malfunctioning furnace or other HVAC unit. This is definitely a job that should only be undertaken by a professional.
Mold is dangerous to adult health and especially dangerous to fetal development. If you discover or suspect mold, this issue needs to be immediately treated by a professional mold remediation expert. Mold is often found in darker, damp areas of homes such as basements, so avoid areas where there may be a musty odor or older carpeting. Dampness in any part of your home also points to a potential problem of water seepage or water leak, so don’t be surprised if a mold issue indicates an even larger problem that needs to be addressed.
Cleaning and Gardening
Cleaning your home while pregnant is safe as long as sensible, standard best practices are followed. Always be particularly careful to avoid solvents or other chemical compounds and:
- Ensure proper ventilation
- Always wear protective clothing
- Never mix chemicals
- Switch to natural cleaning products, such as baking soda and vinegar
Not surprisingly, gardening can pose some risks during pregnancy, especially when it comes to working with chemical pesticides and herbicides. Wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants whenever you are around pesticide-treated plants. Do not handle the pesticides yourself and avoid being outside if spray treatment is being carried out in your garden.
At Quality Craftsmen, we don’t expect you and your family to live in a construction zone. We provide excellent project management, set and manage expectations, and minimize the amount of time you spend out of your home. We also use a dust control system that filters out 90% of the particles for an almost dust-free renovation. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can call us at (404) 483-7446, or simply fill out the contact form and a Quality Craftsmen representative will be in touch!