Okay, I am now 26 weeks pregnant and I am freaking out today because my husband was painting our 4-year-old's bed and was using spray paint. Anyway, he was painting it in the garage and I did not know that he had started painting and I opened the door from the kitchen into the garage and the fumes hit me. I immediately shut the door but I did inhale the fumes and now I am worried that I have caused my baby to have brain damage! Could this little exposure harm the baby or am I just freaking out for no reason?!
I usedto be a painter and if the paint was a water based paint as so many of the household paint is then you hae absolutely nothing to wory about. But if it wasnt then I doubt that the little bit of fumes you inhaled could hurt the baby. Hope that helped.
At 28 weeks you don't have a lot to worry about regarding brain damage anyway...the highest risk time for any type of environmentally related defect is in the first 8 weeks after conception. On small whiff then would still not have been damaging though I wouldn't think.
I would think that a small exposure like that is kinda like walking down the sidewalk and a person who is passing you blows out cigarette smoke. If you inhale that one breath, it is not good for you in any sense but that one exposure for one breath will not do any substantial harm. There is no way to avoid every negative situation while pregnant.