The last few weeks of pregnancy can be tough, but they can also be exciting and special. Mighty Mommy is a delivery room veteran times seven, so today she shares 8 Tips for meaningful ways to spend that tail-end of pregnancy.
After enduring a 6-year struggle with infertility, I was in total awe of my body when I finally got pregnant. Although I was thrilled about the experience, I was smart enough to know that getting the baby out of me wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.
Luckily, I tuned out all the naysayers who wanted to share horror stories of labor and deliveries, as well as all the negative commentary about how lousy the last few weeks of pregnancy were. I thank my infertility for the good sense not to get sucked into the drama but instead focus on ways to make the last weeks of pregnancy exciting and dare I say—enjoyable.
Of course there were difficult stretches when I was physically uncomfortable and exhausted, as well as times I was an emotional wreck wondering how I would manage having a brand new baby along with my adopted 12-month-old. But with each subsequent baby (there were 7!), I definitely got wiser and learned to go with the flow. S today Mighty Mommy shares 8 tips for coasting through the last weeks of pregnancy.
Tip #1: Enjoy Sleep While You Can
This is actually laughable because anyone in the last weeks of pregnancy knows that finding a comfortable position to fall asleep in is like winning the lottery. However, keep in mind that when your baby arrives, your sleep patterns are going to be even more irregular.
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So even if you can’t fall off to a peaceful sleep, at least sit or lie and rest. And don’t forget to ask your partner for some nice, long backrubs—that was how Mighty Mommy got lulled to sleep when nothing else worked!
Tip #2: Cook Ahead and Stock Up Your Freezer
When I delivered our first child, many generous neighbors and friends came by with meals like lasagna, chicken pot pie, homemade mac & cheese, and other delicious, hearty dinners. We actually received enough meals that I was able to freeze some for the next few weeks.
When I had my second baby, I decided that I would make some casseroles, stews, and other meals that were freezer-friendly in advance so that I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking for the first couple of weeks with a newborn.
Take advantage of this time in your pregnancy to stock your pantry with pasta, canned soups, and other staples that will make your life easier when you’re navigating those tiring newborn days. I always enlisted the help of a friend or family member to help me cook about 10 meals that I could freeze during those last couple of weeks, and I would return the favor when necessary.
Not only was it productive, it was a lot of fun, and we made some great memories.
Tip #3: Prepare Birth Announcements
Birth announcements are one of the joyful pleasures new parents can indulge in once baby arrives—an official notice that you can proudly send to family and friends near and far announcing that your bundle of joy has finally arrived.
In today’s tech-savvy world, many couples choose to send e-announcements rather than paper ones, but whatever method you choose to announce your baby’s grand arrival, use the end of your pregnancy to get organized with a list of names or emails, choose graphics or the layout and design on a paper card, so that when you get settled in after the baby is born, you will have this information all ready to go.
Tip #4: Feather Your Nest
A common sign of nearing labor is nesting — something in a woman clicks where she just has to clean out the fridge or organize the space under the kitchen sink right now.
In my case, I had the urge to clean and organize everything from our toothbrush holders to the Christmas ornaments that were stored in the attic. I always used nesting to my advantage to get things as organized and ready for baby as I could so there was nothing to be done by the time we came home from the hospital.
If you have the urge to cook, clean, paint, and decorate or even take on a home project you normally wouldn’t tackle, if you don’t have any physical restrictions (other than not being able to see your toes) then go for it! When you come home with baby you’ll take a look around at your late-pregnancy efforts and feel content and satisfied.