Does anyone know what the risks are (if any) of short-term exposure to paint fumes during the first trimester of pregnancy?
I just found out today that they will be doing some painting at work. Not directly inside my office but it will be outside in the hallways etc (can't avoid walking around there). They have done this before & although I kept my office door shut & windows open there was still quite a strong smell of paint.
I have asked of an estimate of when it will be commencing & finishing but I'm not really sure what to do about it. I don't know if I really want to take the risk of exposing my baby to the fumes. Not to mention myself - last time it gave me headaches & nausea & I wasn't even pregnant.
My work was not very helpful last time, just said I would have to find myself a different desk to sit at. This time the paint fumes will be in all of the hallways so regardless of if I move to a different desk it will probably still be strong when I walk around the builing or go to the ladies room etc.
What do you think? Is it reasonable of work to expect me to just put up with it given I'm 11wks 3 days pregnant? If I do have to just 'put up with it' is it likely to have any affect on the development of my baby?