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Just curious if others are doing this or have done this?<br><br>
We really need to "finish" our house. For the first time in 2 years, my emotional state is good, and I'm motivated to do the projects! I'm obviously not going to overdo it, and I'm not doing strenuous stuff (that's what DH is for). I'm painting with Sherwin Williams non-voc paint - both for the baby's sake and for the simple reason that paint chemicals are toxic. (I believe that the past 2 years' worth of physical issues and emotional decline were directly triggered by paint toxins when I painted the interior of my relocated store for 21 days straight.)<br><br>
So, everything I read says not to do this type of stuff during the first trimester, so I waited. I resumed house-painting projects at 14 weeks. As critical as the work is, I also need to be sure I don't do unhealthy things during the pregnancy. (hiring someone else to do the work is cost-prohibitive, and it really is something I'm good at, so hiring someone else is a cop-out in my head!)<br><br>
thanks for feedback! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:<br>
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We remodeled our last house while I was pg with DD2. I just listened to my body and was more careful doing certain things, rested when I got tired, etc... it went really well, we finished it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think you'll be just fine since you are using non-voc paints to start with. Just becareful getting up on ladders as your balance might be off as your belly gets bigger.<br><br>
Also, I'm not sure as to what extent of "finishing" you are doing but I wouldn't personally do any sanding, etc. I would leave that to DH and stay clear of the area when he does.
 

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We painted almost the entire house when I was 7 mths pg with #1. We had just moved in and all the walls were white (with the exception of the awful wallpaper in the kitchen and bathrooms). There was NO WAY I was leaving it so stark. I did at least half the painting and also took off the wallpaper. I did some other projects as well including ripping up carpet. I was just careful to keep the room well-ventillated (it was Feb. and March in NC so thankfully not hot or TOO cold). Good luck!<br><br>
(And kind of a funny side note - after my water broke, but I wasn't in hard labor we picked up a chair we had ordered - my MIL almost had a heart attack! And then a couch and chair were delivered the day after he was born! I was just glad to get it all done before he arrived!)
 

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I painted in first tri on one of my better feeling days with no-voc paint from Home Depot. It had no odor whatsoever. We're planning on doing some painting next weekend, but DH just wants to use regular Behr paint because the no-voc paint is about twice as expensive. I told him if that's the case I can't help and I'll have to not be in the house. We'll see if I get my way...
 

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I'm not doing any remodeling, and letting my husband take care of it all. BUT, we don't have much to do (just painting a room and a hallway).... and it's mainly because I HATE PAINTING! OMG- I hate painting more than anything. So me being pregnant is just a good excuse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Dh is remodeling the bathroom now, and then two other rooms, but I plan on staying away and letting him do all the work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, non-voc paint is insanely expensive. However, I have done a lot of painting projects over the years, and the paint we're using now is totally worth the extra money. I'm a tightwad, so I'm extremely obsessive about wasting this paint - I'm the same way with other paint, but this is worse! I keep visualizing $$ whenever I am at the end of a doorway or something and still have paint on the brush or in the tray - ack!!!<br><br>
I've painted with various lines of paint from Home Depot and Lowes - and I hate them all. I love love love this paint from Sherwin Williams! And, even if there was someone else to do the painting (haha, dh?? no way!!), I couldn't live in the house if it was painted with "traditional" paint, so there would be no point.<br><br>
Mainly, the "finishing" of my house is painting virtually every wall, ceiling, trim & door of our 2400sf house. There are a few things that need sanding, which is dh's job <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a little heart attack each time I think about how much the paint is going to cost, but then I remember: we're selling the house next spring, so it has to be painted, and this is the ONLY way I can do it.<br><br>
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My hubby is re-doing my son's room. We are planning to use that non-VOC paint from Home Depot, since the rooom is right next to ours. I'm thinking of going to my mother's when he stains the floor, though. We are going to use a water-based "polyurethane" from Benjamin Moore to cover it, but we want to stain the floors.
 

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How timely! We're currently living in a hotel for the next three days while our apartment gets painted. Thankfully, the painters are using the no-VOC paint from Olympia (Lowes) so I don't have to worry so much about off-gassing and fumes when we get back. Plus, since the apartment building is so old, the painters are also getting rid of any lead paint as well!!<br><br>
I would stay away from stains and "regular" paints, because they are full of bad chemicals. I know that the most critical time is the first trimester, but I wouldn't be around them at all during pregnancy...
 
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