From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, everything changes. Things that might not seem like they’d be affected by your being pregnant or having a baby, totally are! A lot is changing in your body and your lifestyle—you have to be mindful of everything. If this is your first 4th of July pregnant, or your first 4th of July with a newborn, here are some things you should consider. Luckily, you shouldn’t have to make too many changes to your summer holiday!
It’s normal to worry about your unborn baby—or your newborn baby—being exposed to loud noises. If you’re pregnant, you probably don’t have to worry about this at all! Your baby won’t develop their ears until about the 30th week of gestation. If you’re passed that mark, your body provides enough of a barrier to muffle loud noises anyway. You might feel your baby bouncing around a little more during fireworks, but there are no known negative side effects on pregnancy or baby development associated with fireworks.
New, out-in-the-world ears are a different story. If you have a newborn baby, or even a small child, get some earplugs for them if you’re going to be watching fireworks. Sitting inside your car to watch fireworks is a great, safe option! Generally speaking, if a noise is loud to you, it’s probably too loud for your child.
We talked about fireworks noises, but what about the bright display? Is that safe?
Obviously, bright lights won’t affect your unborn baby. If you’re toting around a newborn this 4th of July, you should be more mindful. Most fireworks are too far away to bother an infant’s delicate eyes. However, if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks, keep your baby away from both the noise and the bright flashes.
Unless you’ve tested the waters before and felt fine, we’d limit your time on a boat if we were you. When you’re pregnant, you’re not only woozier than normal, you’re also not as balanced. The probability of you getting seasick (or lakesick) even if you’ve never been seasick before is much higher now—the last thing you want is to spend your holiday over the railing!
Whatever your 4th of July plans are, make sure you’re well-prepared. Wear comfortable shoes, don’t plan on walking too far, make sure you have access to plenty of water, and have a safety plan if you’re going somewhere crowded with a small child.
Make sure you’re protecting yourself and your child from bug bites as well! Always talk to your doctor before spraying any bug repellent on your small child—and remember that DEET-based repellents should never be used on infants or small children.
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