Since I have less than a week left in this pregnancy I figured this post was appropriate. Please feel free to share your tips as well.
It seems that the end of pregnancy is always a struggle for me. I’ve been blessed in that I don’t have any of the common complications that many women experience at the end of pregnancy. I’m just generally uncomfortable, lacking in energy and impatient.
Here are some strategies that help me during the last few weeks of pregnancy:
- Focus on others – Have a younger mom who needs encouragement over or make extra dessert and take it to your neighbors.
- Take a hike. One of my favorite things to do at the end of pregnancy is to head out and hike with the family. Take a short hike at the park or around the neighborhood after dinner. Go for a longer more challenging hike on a Saturday. Being outside, away from the house, getting some exercise and watching the kids enjoy nature does wonders to relax and invigorate.
- Focus on your kids – Do something fun with your kid. Take them to the park, swimming, let them play in the mud or make cookies. If you’re really tired, just lie on the couch and read aloud to them all. day. long.
- Rest – You’ll need to be at your top for labor and birth and you’ll also appreciate that extra sleep once you have a small one in the house who may or may not realize that you enjoy sleeping during the dark hours.
- Tackle a project – something that is fun and motivating for you, not just something that needs to be done. I enjoy rearranging furniture, planting flowers or decluttering.
- Make a plan – Make special plans for the baby’s due date (or a day or two after it). It began when another mom of many and I were due about the same time. We made plans to go out to dinner on our due dates. These plans gave me something to look forward to and even made a small part of me hope that I would be able to make it. We spent her due date dinner in the hospital visiting over her newborn, but mine proceeded as planned. 🙂
- Put some meals in the freezer.
- Clean something.
- Memorize and meditate on scripture that will be comforting during labor and birth.
- Remember that no matter how young/old you are or your history this may be the last time that you have the blessing of a little life growing and moving inside you, enjoy it!
Having a plan and remembering to enjoy the end of pregnancy works for me. For more Works For Me Wednesday ideas visit We Are THAT Family.
Now just for fun and because it’s traditional for our family to guess about the baby’s stats. Leave a comment guessing the baby’s weight and length.
It’s odd this time knowing the gender and having a c-section scheduled. If anyone wants to guess that this baby is coming before our scheduled c-section on July 6th you’ll gain my undying affection. 🙂 (I am having my typical 5 minute apart contractions. After having read some of my birth stories are you impressed? I’m not either.)
I’m hoping for tomorrow, it would be so convenient to have Mark off for the whole holiday weekend to help. Mark is hoping for July 4th just because that would be fun and 1/3 of our children have been born on a Sunday. My dad accuses me of being secretly rebellious.
Six days thou shalt labor and do all thy work, but the seventh is a Sabbath to the Lord your God, in it thou shalt not do any work.
Here is the history of baby weights to help you out (or not). Our smallest baby was 6 lbs. 15oz. biggest was 9 lbs. 15 oz. (one 6 pounder, three in the 7 pound range, three in the 8 pound range and two 9 pounders).