I was chatting with a friend today about the misery of those last weeks of pregnancy. Nothing fits anymore, it takes an hour to walk a block, naps usually result in pain when you try to get up, and you are just DONE WAITING to meet that new little person who is already changing your life in drastic ways.
During the last few weeks of my pregnancy with Jack, I was horribly depressed. It was the middle of summer and my body showed no signs of preparing for labor. Eventually, at 41.5 weeks and partly because I was feeling so low, I was induced. While giving birth eliminated some of the issues I was plagued by during pregnancy, it (naturally) created other issues – mainly, everything I wanted to do had to be weighed against when my baby would next need me, which was at least hourly.
This pregnancy, I hope to enjoy my last few weeks of gestating a little more. I recommended some of these things to my friend, who is due in two days and completely ready to be done being pregnant.
- Read books – It’s hard to concentrate on books post-baby even if you are lucky enough to find time.
- Go to the theater – chances are you won’t be doing that for quite some time – even if you can manage to take your baby to a (loud) theater, your movie will likely be interrupted by fussing/crying, a need for a diaper change, and perhaps a need to feed the kid if you don’t feel comfortable doing so in public.
- Get a pedicure and/or visit the salon for a haircut – the salon isn’t a place you want to drag your newborn to, and it will be hard to get away for an hour or more for a good month after the baby is born.
- Go bra shopping – Buy a variety of sizes of supportive bras and camisoles, particularly if you are going to be nursing. Not only is it hard to get out of the house to go and try things on one the baby has arrived, chances are your breasts will start leaking all over the place when you either see another baby, hear one crying, or even just let air touch your boobs. Remember, you can send a family member or friend to return the bras that don’t fit later.
- Go to a cafe and sit alone – Ahhhh, blessed quiet without the countdown to the next feeding flashing in the back of your head!
- Have dinner with friends/family – Your house or theirs, it doesn’t really matter – but you will appreciate the memory of sitting down to a nice dinner when you have a baby who is going nutso during “witching hour” every night and you and your partner need to tag team in order to eat dinner.
- Get a massage – Relaxing and soothing for your poor pregnant body. Who knows, it might even get labor started.
- Go out to dinner with your partner or other children – Enjoy the family time when you can still put sentences together.
- Schedule or pay bills ahead of time – Okay, this one isn’t exactly exciting, but you might forget these things while focusing on your new baby so plan ahead! This can save you some stress later.
I’m sure there are a ton of things I’m forgetting, so readers, what would you add?