Is it safe to paint during pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, household painting involves very low levels of exposure. And today's paints are significantly better than those years ago. But that being said, it's probably best that a woman doesn't paint during pregnancy, just in case. In particular, avoid exposure to oil-based paints, leads and mercury. Lead based paint was commonly used prior to the 1970s, so pregnant women should avoid scraping or sanding paint, particularly in older homes, because of the risk of lead exposure. You should also minimize exposure to latex paints that contain ethylene glycol ethers and biocides.

While there are low and no VOC paints on the market, the simplest and safest option is to let someone else do the painting or save it until after your baby's born.

There are also several types of non toxic paints on the market.

Low VOC: These paints use water instead of petroleum to carry the paint. To be considered Low VOC, a paint may only contain 250 grams of VOC per liter. Likewise, varnishes are limited to 380 grams of VOC per liter. However, many reputable paint companies offer paints with even lower VOC levels. Look for Green Seal Certifications.

Zero VOC: These paints still contain VOCs but are limited to less than 5 grams of VOC per liter.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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