Soldering While Pregnant
I am a beginner. I took a class a while back and decided that I would make some small stained glass christmas ornaments this year to get back into stained glass. I am also 3 months pregnant and didn't even think about soldering as being something I should avoid while pregnant. Do you think, in your opinion, that I should not solder while pregnant? Or do you think that I would be ok (it would not harm my baby) if I used a fume mask? I know you aren't a Doctor...but I just thought I would ask your opinion.
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This is such an important topic and I'm glad you brought it up.Do not solder while you're pregnant.
Don't do anything that creates fumes or involves using chemicals. Don't take a chance doing something that could harm that precious baby. This is common knowledge that all stained glass instructors should pass on to their students.
Please talk to your doctor before doing anything you think could be harmful to your unborn baby. If you're pregnant and have been soldering, tell your doctor.
Here's what you can do while your pregnant. Spend your time finding patterns for future projects. You can cut and foil glass (wearing a mask when grinding),then put the foiled pieces in a zip lock bag to prevent them from oxidizing. They'll be ready to solder after you've had the baby.
Have a safe and worry free pregnancy.