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Exposure to solvents in first trimester!

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Appletree4 Sat 21-May-16 18:27:58

Hi all,

I just recently found out I'm expecting which I am over the moon about smile but I can't help feeling anxious about something that happened the other day....

I had a new wood stove put in the other day (when I was 8wks) and first the guy spray painted it which fogged the room with acrid fumes and then he lit the fire which filled the whole house with smoke and cooked all the paint he'd just sprayed onto it so there were even more paint fumes. Because it built up slowly I didn't realise I was breathing it in until it was too late. I was exposed for about 40 mins in total I think. Afterwards I felt shakey and headachey and had to go to bed.

I've searched everywhere online and can't find any solid information relating to a one off high level exposure of solvents/VOCs so I'm going a little out of my mind worrying!!

Has anyone else experienced anything similar? And if so was baby ok???

untinctured Sat 21-May-16 20:10:46

For a one off 40 min exposure I think that you will be fine and that it is unlikely to affect your baby.

FriendlyGhost Sat 21-May-16 20:25:17

Try not to worry. A one off short term exposure is very unlikely to do any harm. As part of my job I had to survey a print works and an engineering works when i was in the early stages of pregnancy so I was exposed to industrial solvents on a couple of occasions. Apart from almost being sick from the smell of solvents all was fine. Congratulations on your pregnancy smile

Appletree4 Sun 22-May-16 17:37:43

Thanks for the reassurance, I guess as things progress I will find something else to worry about as its human nature! And there's nothing I can do about it now so will just have to forget about it and look forward to meeting the little fella smile

Thanks again!

winchester1 Sun 22-May-16 17:42:05

You could call the company and ask what was used. They should have risk assessed and considered exposure to pregnant women, babies etc if they don't ask people to leave the room beforehand.

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