Home Remodelling During Pregnancy
With a new baby on the way, it can be tempting to completely renovate your home in time for your new arrival. But while pregnant, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do when home remodelling. Here are some useful tips.
Whether you’re three months pregnant or nearing your due date, avoid climbing up ladders, standing on chairs or doing anything that could put you at risk of falling. If you land awkwardly you could put you or your baby in danger. Make sure you ask for help if there’s a job out of reaching distance. While needing assistance might seem frustrating, it’s simply not worth taking any risks.
Avoid dust and toxic chemicals
House construction during pregnancy should be given careful consideration. Everything from stripping paint, tearing down walls and ripping up carpets can release toxins and pollutants into the air. Mould and wood dust might cause you to cough, but more harmful substances such as lead, or asbestos could prove extremely dangerous for you and your baby.
Staying away from chemicals is crucial, especially during the first trimester when your baby’s nervous system is growing. Chemicals can, in worst case scenarios, lead to foetal deformations and low birth weights. If you can, move out while big tasks are being carried out so you don’t run the risk of being exposed to poisonous materials. You never know what your existing home could be hiding. For example, lead-based paint may be nestled deep under the layers of recent paintwork.
Why not book your free design consultation so our experts can give you a better idea of what you’ll need to consider and plan for.
Open windows when painting
Many parents-to-be think about loft conversions or home extensions to create extra space for a growing family. This is all well and good, but when carrying out a home renovation with a newborn or before the baby arrives, always make sure your home is well ventilated when painting. Of course, painting the nursery is one of the best ways for mums to feel excited about their new adventure in life. Please just make sure all windows are open so you can avoid breathing in toxins. If you can’t ventilate the room sufficiently, you can always wear a dust mask or respirator mask to give you more protection.
Focus on what you can do
Knowing what you can’t do will help keep you safe during pregnancy, but don’t dwell on the limitations. Instead, focus on what you can do such as designing your home renovation. Speaking with Bromley architects or professionals in your local area and start making your house a home. You can still be extremely hands-on getting involved with the planning permission and finding out more about kitchen designs and other room ideas.
If you need help with your home renovation, contact Bluelime Home Design today and find out more about the services available. As architects South East London, Bluelime Home Design serves areas including Dartford, Bromley, Bexley, Erith and Croydon, so book a home design consultation.