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Pregnancy and the Fourth of July: Foods to Avoid

By Meredith Carroll |


Fireworks are best enjoyed outside, and not from the inside the emergency room because you ate the wrong thing while pregnant

Fireworks are fun, except when they’re happening in your pregnant belly and the cause has nothing to do with excitement or a kicking baby.

Some foods are safer than others during pregnancy, and some need to be avoided altogether. Don’t take a chance during the long holiday weekend when you might be indulging a bit more than usual at barbecues and picnics

Here’s a list of the most common 4th of July foods for pregnant women to steer clear of:


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Foods for Pregnant Women to Avoid on the 4th of July

Refrigerated, Ready-To-Eat Foods

There’s something so summery and yummy about egg salad, chicken salad, and seafood and some exotic pasta salads. But food contaminated with listeria is particularly hazardous during pregnancy, and many salads with protein will be served in picnic-like settings, which practically guarantees they won’t be heated or refrigerated to the proper temperature. Don’t eat anything not served on a hot plate or on ice or unless you can ensure that it’s been sitting out for less than an hour if it’s very hot out. Be sure to discard leftovers four days after preparation.



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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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