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Is it safe to use paints while pregnant?

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Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Paint types differ significantly.
Some have toxic compounds and exposure should be limited or avoided. Others, like water colors or latex low odor paints may be used if good ventilation is maintained. If exposure is unavoidable, there are masks that can help reduce chemical exposures.

In brief: Maybe

Paint types differ significantly.
Some have toxic compounds and exposure should be limited or avoided. Others, like water colors or latex low odor paints may be used if good ventilation is maintained. If exposure is unavoidable, there are masks that can help reduce chemical exposures.
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on the paint

Most agree that latex paints have no significant effect through inhaled fumes or occasional skin exposure during pregnancy.
Some oil based products with high levels of fumes may provide a worrisome exposure to these organic compounds. When used is a well ventilated space this effect can be minimized.

In brief: Depends on the paint

Most agree that latex paints have no significant effect through inhaled fumes or occasional skin exposure during pregnancy.
Some oil based products with high levels of fumes may provide a worrisome exposure to these organic compounds. When used is a well ventilated space this effect can be minimized.
Dr. James Ferguson
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