For many expectant mothers, the time leading up to the birth of the baby is designated for preparing. If renovating your home is part of those preparations, you might have to modify your plans. Some home renovation projects should be avoided until after the baby is born. Here are some projects you should consider putting off:
Woodworking projects, such as installing wood floors, are on the list of renovations to avoid. The actual preparation and some parts of the installation, including the sanding, are usually not considered to be hazardous to moms-to-be. However, stain, refinishing, and other solvents can be harmful. They are considered to be volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The inhalation of VOCs during pregnancy can possibly impact the development of a growing fetus.
The warning concerning VOCs also applies to paint. If it is absolutely necessary to paint before the birth of your child, talk to your OB/GYN beforehand. If you have an older home, skipping the painting process is not the only precaution you should take. Older homes have a risk of having paint containing lead. Lead has been proven to cause fetal problems, such as premature birth and learning problems. While the paint is being removed, it is important that you leave the home altogether.
Mold is a substance that is harmful to everyone, including pregnant women. If you have discovered mold, it is not safe for you to remove. Mold can cause you to have health problems, such as an allergic reaction and rashes. Human studies into the effect of mold specifically have not been conducted for pregnant women, but in animal studies, it was found that exposure to mold increased the chances of a birth defect occurring.
Everyone knows that a great way to spruce up a home's curb appeal is to put time and effort into its landscaping. The time spent outdoors can also be a stress reliever and give you the exercise you need during your pregnancy. Unfortunately, it can also be a possibly hazardous activity for your unborn child. Some herbicides used in gardening can lead to birth defects. In animal studies, researchers found that low dose exposure to herbicides led to neurological and immune system dysfunctions in unborn fetuses.
Before undertaking any major home renovations project, talk to your OB/GYN. If you are working with a contractor, you should arrange to be out of the home during those work days involving activities that are hazardous to you and your unborn child's health. Contact a company such as Alleva Construction and raise your concerns if you want to hire others to do this work for you.