As your due date approaches, you may feel the anxiety and excitement build up. It does not matter if this is your first baby or you have older kids; each pregnancy is different. So before your baby is born, here are some tips to keep in mind to help you spend time wisely and prepare better.
Nap as Often as You Can
Getting a good night’s sleep can be one of the biggest challenges, especially in the third trimester. Your belly is oversized, and you frequently find yourself running to the bathroom to pee. You are fatigued and maybe even anxious about delivery.
This is why if you cannot sleep well at night, catch up on rest throughout the day. Power nap for 20 to 60 minutes at intervals, and you will feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Sleep now before your baby arrives because once your baby gets here, you won’t have much time to sleep for the first couple of weeks.
Cook and Freeze Meals
You might love cooking, but looking after a newborn takes up a lot of time and energy. One of the best ways to relieve some of the pressure once your baby is born is to make use of the time now and cook and freeze meals in batches. This way, you won’t have to worry about what to cook and when to cook after your baby is born.
Simply defrost your meal, heat it up, and now you have a good home-cooked meal. Some ideas for freezer meals are different soups like cream of mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, creamy tomato soup, chilli, lasagna, casseroles, and pasta.
Go Out on a Date
Spend time with your partner as much as you can now. Be open and vocal with your partner and seek reassurance whenever you need it. Go to your favorite hangout place, have a real conversation, and make love.
This releases happy hormones (oxytocin), and semen helps to thin and soften your cervix before your contractions begin.
Sometimes you may feel super tired, but other times you may have this irresistible urge to clean and organize your home. This is called nesting, and it happens to most moms-to-be. Now is the time to enjoy your hobbies and put your organization skills to full use, but don’t overtire yourself.
Take Care of Your Needs
It’s common for many moms-to-be to feel mood swings and a rollercoaster of emotions just before delivery. While preparing for your baby to arrive, do what makes you happy and take good care of yourself.
Whether it is watching a movie with your girlfriends, or taking a walk by yourself in the park or shopping for some new clothes that you can wear post-partum, make yourself happy!
Pack Your Hospital Bag
Keep your hospital bag ready as you never know when you might have to go to the hospital. When labor begins, you won’t have time to grab anything to take with you. Some of the basic things that you need in your hospital bag are snacks, clothes for yourself and baby, lip balm and moisturizer for yourself, and your personal soap and shampoo if you want to take a shower after delivery.
Celebrate Life before Baby
After you have a baby, life is absolutely amazing but at the same time, it will never be the same as it was before. So take the time to appreciate your life now. Live each moment to the best of your ability.
Cherish alone-time now while you can still sit around and just do nothing. If you have older kids, spend time with them before another baby gets you busy.
Even if you feel impatient and miserable in the last few days of pregnancy, know that it will soon pass. So make the most of your time while at the same time mentally prepare for hectic days with a newborn!