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    Pregnant? DIY painting tips

    Published on 1 February 2012, Wednesday, 2:57 AM

    If you are expecting a new arrival, your household is likely to be a flurry of activity.

    New babies mean there are plenty of things to prepare - and at the forefront of most new mums' minds will be the state of the nursery.

    In many households, this means that a DIY painting project is on the cards, but mums-to-be might be worried about their exposure to paint fumes - particularly with so much conflicting health advice to be found in the media and online.

    Fortunately, according to the American Pregnancy Association, most modern paints result in relatively low exposure to toxins - although it is wise to avoid any products containing lead or mercury.

    These were in common use up until approximately four decades ago - so if you plan to remove paint in a very old property, it might be better to let someone else carry out this task.

    Ideally, the organisation suggests, a friend or relative should do the painting while mums-to-be focus their decorating talents elsewhere - but if you just can't resist, there are a few tips to help keep you safe.

    The association recommends keeping food and drinks away from your workspace, ensuring rooms are well-ventilated and taking regular breaks, as well as protecting your skin with long-sleeved clothing and gloves.

    If you are planning to hire painting tools such as stepladders, it might also be best for expectant mums to let someone else do the climbing and heavy lifting - and of course, you will wish to consult with your GP if you have any questions or concerns.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.