Being pregnant is a magical time, but it can also be a difficult time, especially if you try to take on too much. Home renovations while pregnant are surprisingly common due to the fact that people often move to ensure they have more room when the baby arrives, or just to spruce up their existing home for the baby.
In this guide, we’re sharing our top tips for making it easier to be pregnant during a home renovation.
Don’t Do It All At Once
It can be tempting to try to get stuck into all of that renovating and decorating in the hope that you can get it done quickly. You might even be worried about how capable you will be later in the pregnancy.
Still, you need to make sure you take breaks. Your body is already under the strain of carrying a baby so you need to be very careful not to overdo it. Don’t take on tasks that will be overly strenuous and certainly don’t try to get everything done in a hurry.
Make a Plan and Stick To It
One of the best ways to ensure that everything is in hand and that you are renovating your home in a sensible way, is to make a plan before you even get started. By sticking closely to a plan you can make sure that you know everything is going to be done on time. It can take a lot of the stress out of things, and the last thing you need when carrying a little one is added stress.
Consider Hiring Professionals
There are certain things you should always hire professionals for, from getting durable and quality kitchen cabinets to ensuring that your home is structurally safe. Things like a kitchen redesign need professionals to be involved.
Other things, such as decorating, you can do yourself, but do you really want to? When you are carrying a little one, it could be far better for you to hire this out to somebody. If you can afford to, consider painter and decorator services to keep your work to a minimum while getting a professional job.
Keep the Work Area Blocked Off
To keep it as safe as possible, you should ensure that the working area is blocked off while you are working on it. During any renovation, there could be potential hazards and it is best not to spend time in the room until it is completed.
Remember About Toxin Risk During Renovation
Unfortunately, a lot of homes were built when we knew a lot less about what is safe and good for us. This means that there were some materials used that are now outdated, including lead and asbestos. These cause a hazard to health and are not something to take any risks with.
If you have any doubt at all about the materials used to build the house, don’t disturb them or start to make any renovations without consulting professionals.
Always Remember About Safety Precautions
Taking safety precautions is a must. There are certain things that you should always do as a safety precaution, like wearing a mask when it is possible you will be exposed to any fumes.
You should not do any sort of heavy lifting while you are pregnant, as this can cause a risk to you and the baby. Similarly, be very cautious about what substances you are being exposed to while you decorate or renovate, and don’t take any chances at all.
Clean Up Well When It’s Done
When the renovation is finished, make sure you get rid of anything that could cause a potential hazard, such as a trip hazard. Even while you’re in the process of working on your home you need to make sure it doesn’t become a full building site, as this is not a safe environment for a pregnant woman.
When you have finished for good, make sure that all of the paintbrushes and tools have been put away somewhere safe and that your environment is properly finished and ready for the day when you welcome a baby and bring them home to a freshly-renovated building.