I am officially 37 weeks pregnant! My little girl is practicing her breathing, packing on a bit more weight, and getting ready to make her big debut. While I am more than happy to wait until my little girl decides she is ready to meet us, I am kind of getting tired of being pregnant. But, I have a reputation for being impatient and instead of trying to find ways to “induce” labor, I’ve tried to focus on putting good use to the few weeks I have left.
1. Chill but keep yourself busy!
A lot of moms around me have been advising me to take it easy, sit down, this may be the last time I may be able to spend time lounging around as much as I want. While I appreciate the advice and have been trying to rest as much as I can, I grow a little more restless everyday. I am so anxious to meet my little girl and “resting” just hasn’t been cutting it for me.
I chose to stop working at the start of the third trimester because I kept hearing all the horror stories of fatigue, swollen ankles, heartburn, and constant contractions. But unfortunately I have been so bored! So, a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself one of those neat headband making kits on Etsy and have been busy making adorable little headbands.
Pretty neat, huh?
So my advice is to use this time to pursue some hobbies, nothing that keeps you on your feet too long but something that does keep you entertained!
- make something new: I’ve never really been one for arts and crafts because I can’t sit long enough to finish a project. Now that I am trying to spend less time on my feet and more time bouncing on a birth ball, making things have kept me busy. Try a new recipe, learning how to make something small off of Pinterest, or even making clothes or blankets for your little one.
- record your experience: keep a journal logging your pregnancy or write a letter to your baby.
- finish the nursery: take inventory and add things as necessary. If you have the energy, decorate!
- keep in touch with friends and family: after the baby comes there might not be a lot of time for catching up with friends so take this time to meet up with a few, keep them inform, and spend some time together before the big day.
2. Pamper Yourself
Even though my birth plans are not set in stone, I am leaning heavily towards the natural birth route. While many moms can easily chose a route, I have had more trouble, mostly because I know that my pain tolerance is probably lower than most people. So, the last couple of weeks I have been working on being more in-tune with my body in an effort to encourage myself. “I can do it, it’s all in my head” I try to remind myself. I’ve researched as many forums as I can, hoping for a hint on how painful labor really is and what I can do to make it comfortable. Of course, there is no one answer and everybody is different.
However, after taking a childbirth class with my hubby, where we learned a variety of pain relief methods, I kind of got encouraged to try natural birth, at least to the point where I exhaust all of my natural pain relief options before jumping to the pain medication. I think that the great thing about the center I plan to deliver at is that they don’t try to enforce any one way. It is all about the safety of the mom and the baby. So, if I decide to get an epidural halfway, I don’t think I will get guilt-tripped by my doctor. As long as my little girl is healthy, I’ll do whatever I need to do.
In the meantime, I have tried to practice my breathing through a little meditation here and a little yoga here. Among a variety of pampering methods, my favorite one has to be: Lavender Essential Oil!
It is fantastic for relaxing, sleeping, mixing with coconut oil and giving yourself a nice belly rub. So far, it has been one of my favorite purchases.
- take a walk: Explore new areas, try new restaurants, start or write in your blog!
- take a bath: I am not a big fan of baths but now that my backaches are more of an everyday thing, baths have been a lifesaver. Add some essential oils or a nice (but safe!) bath bomb to make it a pampering experience.
- get a massage: There are no spas in my area that focus on pregnant women but if you can find one in your area that does, book a few pregnancy massages or spa packages for yourself! I was able to get a few during our babymoon in Thailand and I must say, they were excellent!
3. Learn as Much as You Can
With new opinions, research, and ideas being developed everyday about childbirth and child rearing, there is always more to learn. While I can’t agree with everything out there, it is nice to be informed, especially when it comes to the liberties some hospitals take without the mother’s consent. In South Korea, birth is a mother-oriented thing but more often than not ends in a C-section, an episiotomy, and a two week stay in a postpartum care center.
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting : along with the app, this book has answered most of my questions about the baby’s progress and gives a good general perspective on controversial medical procedures and child rearing styles.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth : includes great stories on natural birth and inspires moms who are considering natural birth or have worries about birth/labor in general.
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy : well-organized and informative guide to pregnancy, birth, and newborns.
- Bringing Up Bébé : interesting perspective on child rearing in a foreign country! very informative for a mom who is planning to raise a baby in abroad as well.
- The Pregnancy Countdown Book : a fun and helpful guide to everyday in the pregnancy.