This is something I have asked my doctors about, and their
response is “you should be taking the same kind of precautions
before you get pregnant as you need to during pregnancy” I guess
nasty things tend to build up in your system and stay there a
while so you should be “clean” before trying. I tried to scare
them with silver dust, polishing compounds, enamels, gas fumes
and boiling pickle. In their opinion adequate ventilation and a
respirator should be safe, and should be used whether procreating
or not of course. I do know several jewelers who have born
children and worked throughout the pregnancy and a few (mostly
common sense) tips I gleaned when I was asking around are
-Act like you have a bad back, consider each motion first. Lift
carefully and be over cautious in this matter.
-Wear the a good respirator from the time you enter the area
until you leave it, walk out of the studio with it on and leave
it outside so you put it on before you re-enter the workspace. At
the same time, take more breaks out of studio…it puts more
stress on your cardiovascular system when wearing the mask so you
should break before you start noticing that your getting tired.
Check with an expert, but if your respirator is working properly
you shouldn’t smell any of that nasty stuff in the air.
-Wear heavy duty chemical protectant gloves more often than you
are used to, for anything involving solvents, acids etc. Buy
those acid resistant clumsy feeling ones…clumsy but way more
effective than playtex or surgical gloves which I prefer.
And the best advice an experienced mom/jeweler gave me “if you
stop to wonder if you should be doing it, don’t.” If there is
ever a problem you don’t want to be second guessing your previous
actions and wondering if you did, or are doing anything wrong.
When it comes down to it no one is sure of the effect the things
we use can have in this sort of situation and a little paranoia
in this case could end up being a healthy thing in the long term.
Off I go to work in my poorly ventilated studio with my left
over leaded enamels…
Do what I say, not what I do.
@Karenworks (but not for long!)