Your Ultimate Guide to Enjoying the 4th
Celebrating America’s birthday is one of America’s favorite past-times. Red, white, and blue everything, grilling, and best of all – fireworks. Families gather to bring in another USA birthday. Being pregnant during this time can bring forth some concerns. Below are some times to enjoy a happy and healthy 4th.
As a staple in the 4th of July celebration handbook, it is important to make note of a few things: Gas and charcoal smoke have not been known to cause any possible threat to you or your baby, but it is probably best to stay away. Grills must be adequately ventilated in general. In terms of food, steer clear of rare to medium-rare meats. Stick with medium to well-done, especially with ground beef, and also avoid charred meat. These can create harmful substances (also known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) that are harmful to you and the baby.
Your Favorite BBQ Foods
It wouldn’t be a BBQ without hot dogs or various side dish salads. Make sure your hot dog is steaming when you eat it, and if you are not 100% certain, throw it in the microwave to be doubly sure. This helps prevent any risk of food borne illness. In terms of your favorite potato or macaroni salad, make sure to eat it when it’s still chilled. Anything roasting in the sun will run risk of potential food borne illness.
As the 4th notoriously is a hot day around the country, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink water regularly, avoid anything caffeinated as it may dehydrate you more. It also may be a good idea to bring your own water bottle. If you feel overheated at all, get into some shade or air conditioning. Raising your temperature to an unsafe level will not bode well for you or the baby.
Apply Sunscreen Regularly
If you have a pool, this is especially important. Apply sunscreen every twenty minutes to ensure ultimate sun protection. Grab a hat if you want to increase protection. Swimming is also great for pregnant women, but be mindful that muscle cramps are more common. Enjoy the water, and remember to reapply that sunscreen!
As the 4th quickly approaches, we hope you have a fabulous and safe holiday! And be sure to watch fireworks from a safe distance – let the others handle setting them off!