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Health Tip: Painting During Pregnancy

-- Pregnant women may have questions about whether it's safe to paint the baby's nursery -- or the entire house -- during pregnancy.

You should talk to your doctor first, but here are some safety suggestions, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association:

  • Generally, it's safest to avoid painting while you're pregnant.
  • Always talk to your doctor before you attempt to paint anything or use any type of paint.
  • If you do paint, always wear a face mask and protective clothing to guard your skin. Also, keep the area well-ventilated.
  • Paint for short periods over several days. Don't do too much or paint too frequently.
  • Avoid latex paints that contain the chemicals ethylene glycol ethers or biocides.
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Posted: June 2008