What Precautions to take on 4th of July while Pregnant
4th of July has always been my favorite time of year. Summer, friends, and barbecue are what come with this time of year, especially being a Military Brat. However, this year will be different for me than any other year. This will be the first year that I will be pregnant with my baby girl. Instead of reaching for a cold one, I’ll be reaching for that water bottle and there will be a few more changes to come. Join me in this article and see what other changes will be made for myself and any other pregnant moms out there.
Fireworks: fireworks have always been one of my favorite parts of 4th of July. Seeing the lights and hearing the sounds can make for an amazing experience. However, if you’re expecting or have a small child, it may be different this year. I was nervous at first of being around the fireworks while pregnant, but after consulting with me doctor and other mothers in my life, I am happy to say that I have nothing to worry about. Baby may be more active with the booms and whistling, but there’s nothing to worry about. For mamas of a small child, it may be different. A rule of thumb I have been told to go by is if the fireworks are too loud for you, then they are too loud for baby. The best solution for this is to move farther away from the fireworks, or even trying to put cotton in baby’s ears (thanks mom)
Darkness: while 4th of July is full of fun, the good times come when the sun goes down. Growing up, it was always thought that the darker it was, the better. However, as the night goes on, everything seems to disappear into darkness and before you know it, you are unable to see in front of your face clearly (unless you are in front of fireworks of course). Unlike past years, I plan to always stay in well-lit areas. Being pregnant has already made me more susceptible to losing my balance; let alone in the darkness. I plan to wear good walking shoes (even though I love my flip fops), and if it is necessary to walk where it is dark, I plan to make sure to always have someone with me. Another precaution to take is with insects. Mosquitoes and other pests love when it is dark with a bright light. It is always best to protect yourself from insect bites. I plan to use my lavender essential oil. Read how to on my other post entitled “Essential Oil Saturday: Featuring Lavender”
Refreshments: there’s nothing I enjoy more than having a cold beverage on a hot summer day. Now that I am expecting, I’ve had to change my choice in beverages. Although, there is no reason why that beverage can still be enjoyable. This 4th of July I will be reaching for my favorite patriotic layered drink. You can follow this recipe below or create your own unique version.
1 cup of Red cranberry juice (or any red Juice)
1 cup of white cherry flavored drink (Powerade or Gatorade)
1 Cup of Blue Gatorade (or Powerade if you choose)
Fill your cup with ice and layer your drink according to sugar content (the drink with the most sugar should be on the bottom, and so on). Once your drink is created, it is a great way to for all you pregnant mamas to cool down and it’s great for kids too.
4th of July should not be a stressful experience. It should a time where we can all celebrate our country’s independence happily and safely. By using these tips, you are sure to enjoy your new role as a mom.