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Pascagoula, MS
A 35-year-old female asked:

Pregnant. bought new nursery furniture/assembled & it has strong odor. been in room with it for about 2 hours. worried about off-gassing of harmful chemicals. whats this smell? can/did it hurt fetus from exposure? should i avoid that room?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Long term exposure to Oil paints and Solvents in a non ventilated area can cause headaches, breathing problems, and chronic central nervous system problems. A short exposure is unlikely to cause any problems while you are pregnant. Prolonged solvent exposure has been linked to birth defects in pregnant women. Make sure you ventilate that room and the home well before baby.
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