Happy Tuesday friends! I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant and feeling it. While I’m doing my best to soak up the final weeks of this pregnancy, I’m also so ready to hold our baby in my arms. Today I’m sharing 10 tips to survive the last weeks of pregnancy.
If you’ve had a baby before (or if you are currently awaiting your first little one), you know the last few weeks are filled with a mix of emotions. You have been through the wringer, both physically and emotionally and you are most likely counting down the days. These tips along with my favorite pregnancy must-haves will make the last few weeks of pregnancy so much more enjoyable.
10 Tips to survive the last weeks of pregnancy
Tip #1: Focus on Gratitude
One of the best ways to instantly change my mood when I’m having a rough time is to focus on gratitude. I think about the reason I’m going through this and the perfect human I will get to hold in my arms. I am beyond grateful that I have been able to get pregnant and grow a human life inside of me for nine months. It really is the greatest blessing in the world, and I never want to take that for granted.
Tip #2: Stick to Your Normal Routine
As much as possible, I try to continue my normal everyday routine. That includes getting up and getting ready, taking care of the kids, working, cleaning, cooking, and everything else that I would do on an average day. The worst thing you can do is mope around the house thinking about your upcoming delivery. Stay busy and keep your normal routine which will help the time to pass so much faster.
Tip #3: Get Out of the House
This is especially relevant if you are a stay-at-home mom, or in my case a teacher who is off all summer. Getting out of the house is the best way to change things up and make the time pass a little quicker. I’ve been trying to make it a point to leave the house at least one time each day just to break up the monotony and get a change of scenery.
Tip # 4: Enjoy Quality Time with Older Kids
I know that very soon our family dynamic will change. It’s important to soak up as much time with Alex, Grayson and Audrey as possible before the new baby arrives. I’ve been doing my best to plan a few special outings each week to make some memories with my toddlers, and attending Alex’s sporting events when possible. Even when we are at home, I’ve been trying to do fun things with them that we don’t typically do on a normal day. I know they love it as much as I do, and I cherish the memories we are making.
Tip #5: Spend Time with Your Partner
This one isn’t always easy, especially if you have other kids at home, but trying to carve out time to spend with Jason is important to me. Anyone that has had a baby knows the first few weeks are stressful and tensions can be high. The lack of sleep, new routines and hormones always put me on edge, and my husband usually gets pushed to the backburner for a while. That is why in the weeks leading up to delivery, we try to make it a point to spend some quality time together. Plan a date night (even if it is at home) and enjoy being with each other before things get even more crazy!
Tip #6: Document the Moments
If you’re anything like me, taking pictures when you’re 9 months pregnant probably isn’t high on your priority list. Do it anyway. Some of my favorite pictures are me in those last few days of pregnancy, swollen face and all. You will want those memories to look back on one day- trust me!
Tip #7: Rest
This one goes without saying but get as much rest as possible before the new baby gets here. I know, I know…easier said than done. I highly recommend a good pregnancy pillow and a silk sleep mask to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Tip #8: Plan Ahead and Prepare
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I can’t live without my planner. It keeps me and our family productive and organized, especially during hectic seasons of life.
Take time to plan out the first few months after baby gets here as much as you can. Think about anything that can be done in advance such as scheduling upcoming appointments, lining up transportation for taking your older kids to and from activities, stocking the house with food and supplies, buying all the postpartum essential you will need for yourself and baby, etc. You don’t want to have to worry about any of these things once your baby is here, so get as much planned in advance as possible.
Tip #9: Check things off the to-do list
Pull out that list of things you have been meaning to get to for months. You know, the one you never have time for organizing drawers, cleaning out closets, listing items to sell, etc. Now is the perfect time to pick one or two of these items and check them off your to-do list. For me, I organized our master bathroom and listed and sold scrapbooking items that I no longer need.
Tip #10: Pamper Yourself
Finally, take the time to pamper yourself as much as possible. It will instantly lift your spirits. Let’s be honest, too, you may not get to do this again for a while. Get a prenatal massage, schedule a hair appointment, treat yourself to a mani and pedi (this is what put me into labor for my first two babies), or just relax in a candle-lit bubble bath with a good book. Spoil yourself mama- you deserve it!
It may seem like the third trimester is never-ending, but hopefully these 10 tips for surviving the last few weeks of pregnancy help. Remember that you made it through nine long months. Think about the fact that in a matter of days you will be holding your newborn baby. Try not to stress, remember that it is in God’s hands and everything will happen exactly as it is supposed to. And enjoy those last sweet belly kicks…I know it’s what I will miss the most!
Thanks so much for reading!