Is it okay to paint my baby's nursery while I'm pregnant? Creating a Nursery Mitchell

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Keeping your baby safe is your first priority when you're pregnant, but you've still got to get stuff done! Read these moms' and experts' suggestions for painting a baby's nursery while pregnant.

Yes, but Practice Extra Safety

"If an expecting mother wants to paint her baby's nursery, I strongly recommend she wears a mask. The room needs to be well ventilated with the windows open while painting. She should use only water-based paints and stay away from paint thinners which are only used for paint brush cleaning with oil-based paints." -- G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, OB/GYN at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, California

It Depends on Your Paint Choice

"I used low-VOC paint or no-VOC paint -- it releases fewer polluting fumes. No-VOC paint may be a little more expensive, but the few dollars is worth it when it comes to a healthy baby."

Be Wary of Primer

"I helped paint my boys' rooms when I was pregnant. I'd be careful with any primer though -- a few of them having warnings for pregnant women."

Keep the Room Well Ventilated

"I would suggest taking a fan and facing it towards the window so it pulls the fumes outwards."

Prevent Injury

"Try to avoid stretching too hard or climbing higher than one step on a very sturdy step ladder if you're going to paint while pregnant."

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