April 01, 2008,
B.M. asks from Fisher, LA on March 31, 2008
6 Weeks Pregnant and the Building That I Work in Is Being Painted
Me and my husband are newly pregnant and so excited! It's time for our building at work to be re-painted. One of my bosses said that the paint that will be used shouldn't have alot of paint fumes for me to be sniffing in. There are no windows to be opened. Just central air. We just lost our little boy to a brain tumor in December, 2007 and we've had two other mis-carriages in the past.
Are there any paints that are more safe than others? I'm trying not to get too stressed over this situation but I thought no paint fumes is the rule to go by.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
L.R. answers from Little Rock on March 31, 2008
I am sorry for your losses . . . I know it must be a joyous and difficult time.
When it comes to paint fumes or any fumes for that matter . . . NO FUMES is the rule of thumb. I would just explain the situation to your boss and if they refuse to understand a leave of absence for the health of you, your baby, and family than go and get a doctor's order for a leave of absence. . . . they CANNOT fire you for doctor's orders (that doesn't mean they can't find another reason, so be careful). Overall, you have to do what is best for you and yours . . . stay strong and firm. You have had difficult enough road without putting your family endanger by something preventable. Good luck and you all have my prayers: my husband and I lost 4 babies (3 pregs), but God has blessed us with three miracles now. Once again my prayers and hope goes to you and yours . . . God Bless!
D.C. answers from Birmingham on April 01, 2008
Im 34 wks pregnant and I steer clear of all chemical fumes of any kind. Hair perms or dies, nail salons, and especially paint fumes. I dont take any chances with my little one. Especially with absolutly no ventalation. I would say its nt good. I am very sorry to hear about your little boy. You must be a very strong person. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Congrats on the new baby.
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V.W. answers from Oklahoma City on March 31, 2008
Am so sorry for your loss(es) and am very happy that you and your husband have the strength and love to build a new family together.
As for paint fumes of any kind - not a good idea. Your baby takes in everything you do. Is there someway not to work for the duration?
M.C. answers from Tulsa on April 01, 2008
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. Also for your miscarriages. When any type of fumes are involved I do believe that the first thing you should do is check with your OB. They will be able to tell you exactly what precautions, if any, need to be taken. I know when I was prego with my son my work was being sprayed by an exterminator and my OB sent a note that said ineed to stay out of the bldg for the day. Talk to your doctor and stop worrying! Remember what God said about your baby in Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Good luck with your pregnancy and God Bless!
K.L. answers from Oklahoma City on March 31, 2008
I am very sorry to hear about you losing your son, i truly am. I hate to hear about people miscarrying, but sometimes we can't doa nything about things that occur in our life. I personally would think about something different to do in the mean time because i wouldn't want to be around any fumes at all just to be on the safe side of things.
L.R. answers from Tulsa on March 31, 2008
No fumes is rule of thumb but I've got to tell you... how many woman have been involved in painting a nursery (if nothing else checking in on the process)? When we painted my son's room we did use low-odor paint and I wore a mask. It was hot and uncomfortable but we've had a miscarriage in the past too and didn't want to take any chances.
You probably would be okay but with your history it wouldn't hurt to see if you could take the day off that the painting or most of it will be occurring. The building will still smell like fresh paint for a few days afterwards but the fumes will be the most potent while the paint is wet, that is for sure.
Go with your gut and with what gives you peace. I'm sorry for your other losses. I know they hurt a lot. I hope this time turns out to be everything you are hoping for and so much more.