The 4th of July is right around the corner, and that means barbecues, booze, and, of course, fireworks. Those things aren't particularly exciting when you're pregnant, though. Sure, some moms-to-be are the glowing kind and happen to enjoy normal amounts of energy and minimal side effects. But most of us deal with things like nausea, back pain, exhaustion, gas, and other ailments that make pregnancy less-than-enjoyable. So, yes, there are things that suck about being pregnant on the 4th of July, and they're worth mentioning so pregnant women across the country can at least know they're not alone. I mean, misery loves company, right?
A few years ago I planned out an early anniversary trip with my husband to San Francisco and Big Sur for 4th of July weekend. We had just moved into a new apartment, both had new jobs, and everything seemed like it was falling into place. Then I found out I was pregnant just a few weeks before the trip. I worried like hell about flying, because I was a high-risk pregnancy, and had a difficult time figuring out how I was going to fly (or even enjoy myself during the trip) when I was as sick and tired as I was. Thankfully, and overall, it wasn't too terrible. I was definitely feeling queasy, though, and it was nothing short of a miracle that I made it out to see the fireworks at the Golden Gate Bridge (I went straight to the apartment afterward to sleep, though!).
This year I’m excited to share the holiday with my husband and son, and definitely without the added “excitement” of a pregnancy. If you happen to be expecting at the moment, though, you have my sympathy.