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Pregnant exposed to paint thinners. Worried

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There have been severe problems due to bed bug infestation in our house and i have been trying all different products these past few months. Last week I learnt from someone that paint thinners are very effective to treat bed bugs and I used it on two occasions last week. I held my breath the first time I used it in my helpers room. The second time I found some bed bugs on our bed nd sprayed the thinner on all my house Furnitures as well as the mattress on which I sleep and used the mattress immediately. I just realized 2 days back that I m 5 weeks pregnant and I am ver worried about having used thinner. Please advice
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.Unfortunately, there are no studies that document the effects of household painting on pregnancy and the developing baby.

Currently, the assumption is that household painting involves very low levels of exposure. The recommendation is to avoid exposure to oil-based paints, leads and mercury. You should minimize exposure to latex paints that contain ethylene glycol ethers and biocides

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Answered: Sat, 18 May 2013
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