Waiting for Baby? 10 Tips to Survive the Last Weeks of Pregnancy!

Today I am exactly 39 weeks pregnant! I cant believe that a whole 39 weeks have passed since I found out I was pregnant (well…..I guess about 35 weeks have passed but you know what I mean!)

Everything is purchased, cleaned, and washed. The hospital bag is packed. The car seat is installed. The crib is all ready to go. Diapers are unpacked and organized neatly on the changing table. Clothes are washed and folded (and unfolded and folded again). Everything is set for our baby to arrive…

Yet, there is still no baby.

Ever since I was 37 weeks (considered full term) I have been hoping that every little cramp or pain might be the first sign that I am going into labor. (Have you read Early Signs of Labor! What you need to know!?) Still, two weeks later, I am still just as pregnant as ever (and still growing!)

My due date is technically October 29th, which is exactly one week from now. But for some reason I was convinced that I would be one of those lucky moms that had her baby at 37 or 38 weeks! So far, no such luck! I have been trying everything I can think of, including these natural induction methods, to get my labor and Delivery on, but still its just a waiting game.

But what exactly is your due date and why is it so important? That was the big question I was starting to wonder about. I started to get terrified that I would go over my due date which I realized, after hitting up Google, was totally normal!

What exactly is your due date?

Your due date is 280 days from the last day of your last menstrual period. The due date is actually the median gestational age, which means that 50% of mothers give birth before this date, and 50% give birth after. The due date isn’t some magical date by which all babies have to be born. It is simply an indication of when your baby MIGHT be born. It is totally normal (and healthy) to go over your due date. There are some medical concerns when a baby goes over 42 weeks so many doctors and midwifes try to induce the mother after 41 weeks!

Check out this awesome study for more information on Gestational Age and pregnancy length!

Of course, this information isn’t very encouraging for us very very pregnant soon to be mamas! But it is important to understand that it is totally normal to go over your due date, and it is nothing to stress about.

So my advice to you (and of course myself) is to take it easy and relax during these last few weeks of pregnancy. I know its much easier said than done, especially when these last weeks seem to drag on and on! So here are a few tips on how to stay sane during these final moments!

Surviving the Final Weeks of Pregnancy!

Final Weeks of Pregnancy

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1. Hide The Calendar!

Okay, don’t really hide the calendar! You don’t want to miss any important OB/GYN or Midwife appointments during this time. But you can move the calendar somewhere a little more discreet. We have our calendar in the middle of our kitchen with a big fat DUE DATE written on the 29th! I decided to move the calendar to a different spot where we don’t have to look at it every time we enter the kitchen!

2. Connect with People you love

I had been so concerned with getting ready for the baby that I had neglected some of my closest relationships. During these final weeks, when I have been finished with work and moping around the house like a lost puppy, I decided to reach out to old friends and family members. Connecting with people can be so encouraging and can really take your mind off of your giant (still growing) belly! Not to mention, you may not have as much time for these people in the few months after your baby has arrived so it is nice to see or talk some people while you can still get a solid nights sleep! (Unless of course, you are having some major pregnancy sleep issues!)

3. Get Dressed!

So If you are anything like me, you have spent the last couple of weeks moping around the house in your pajamas, obsessively vacuuming and mopping the floors! My advice to you is to actually get yourself dressed in the morning! It may be hard, and it may seem pointless since you only have a few outfits that actually cover your belly and you can barely waddle out of the house, but it will make you feel so good! Do your hair, put on crazy makeup, paint your nails….maybe you will be reminded of the person you were before you acquired that giant belly.

4. Get out of the HouseDolphinarium

This goes along with getting dressed! It may seem hard to get yourself to leave the house when you can barely manage to waddle, but getting out and doing something fun will take your mind off of your impending labor and delivery! Daniel surprised me with a little trip to dolphinarium this week (Its the Dutch version of Sea World) and it was a total blast! It totally took my mind off of all my pregnancy aches and pains! Here are some ideas of what to do to get out of the house

  • Go see a movie (who knows the next time you will be able to get out to the cinema!)
  • Take your partner on a romantic dinner date!
  • Go shopping! Pick up some last minute baby clothes or supplies that you may have forgotten. Regardless, its super fun to just look at baby clothes!
  • Take a stroll through a farmers market. Maybe pick up some fresh flowers to celebrate your little arrival (when he/she comes)
  • Visit old friends who you may not have time for once your baby arrives.

5. Pamper Yourself

Like I said in #3 its nice to remind yourself of who you were before you got pregnant. Before you broke out in pregnancy acne, had swollen feet, and varicose veins! Go get your nails done or get a haircut (last week I finally got a much needed haircut!). This way, you can sit back and relax as someone else pampers you! From now on you will be pampering your little baby so think of this as your time! You could also go get a pregnancy massage or acupuncture to help induce labor as well!

OR you can soak in a nice warm bath with these Pregnancy Bath Flakes for a nice relaxing bath!

6. Take a Nap

At this point in time, you may be feeling some extreme fatigue as your due date approaches! This is normal and is  one of the signs that labor is near!  But instead of trying to fight your mid afternoon (or midmorning) dip, go ahead and take a nap. You want to be well rested for whenever your labor strikes!

7. Go for a Walk

Going for a walk is not only a great way to get your blood pumping, but it can also induce labor! It can also help take your mind off of the fact that you are still pregnant! Grab your partner, a friend, or your mom and go for a little jaunt around the neighborhood.

8. Find a new hobby

Although this sounds sort of impractical, especially since after your baby arrives you wont have much time for anything else. But this could be a good time to start a new hobby or learn something new! Now, this isn’t the time to join your local softball club or decide to run a half marathon, but a small household hobby is perfect!

I, for example, started this blog! I was doing a ton of research on pregnancy and everything related to new motherhood so I thought I would start a blog about it, and it has been incredibly rewarding so far! Also, a great way to take my mind off of my giant belly!

9. Hit the Kitchen!

This is a great time to make a bunch of meals that you can freeze for after the baby comes! You will probably be wayyy too tired to cook after your little arrival has arrived, so use this time to get ahead and make some meals! Casseroles and Chili make great freezer meals! Also try these healthy pregnancy muffins!

10. Make a Pregnancy Scrapbook

Do you have a ton of belly pictures, ultrasounds, and cards lying around the house? This is a great time to make a scrapbook commemorating your pregnancy! You can put all those pictures and tokens in one book to look back on in a few years! Its also a fun way to look back on your pregnancy and remember all the good parts like how excited you were when you found out, or telling your family, or having a baby shower!

If you aren’t into scrapbooking per se, you can grab a pregnancy journal like this one (or this one) and fill it out with all of your juicy pregnancy details. My Best Friend sent me this book when she first found out I was pregnant and I love it! I have filled it out in addition to making my pregnancy scrapbook =)

While I didn’t exactly make a “pregnancy scrapbook” I made a scrapbook celebrating me and Daniel’s relationship! I included all our pictures from way back from when we met and included tickets, and cards, and letters! I also included my pregnancy by putting all my belly pictures and ultrasounds in the book! It was such a fun way to look back on all the good parts of pregnancy! Especially since right now I just want it to be over!

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With all this being said, remember that your pregnancy will eventually be over (its not going to last forever) and your baby will be in your arms before you know it! Try to take it easy, relax, and sip on some Third Trimester Tea. Stressing about your seemingly never ending pregnancy will not do you (or your baby) any good!

If you ladies are in the same position as me, I wish you all the best of luck! Remember to check back with A Day with Fé to see when this baby finally decides to arrive! And don’t forget to subscribe for more updates and pregnancy information =)

How to survive the final weeks of pregnancy!

 

23 Comments

  1. Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups October 23, 2016 / 1:18 am

    Love all of these tips! If I wasn’t on bed rest for the final 4 weeks I really would have pampered myself!

    • Vicky November 14, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Im resting un bed since i was on my 26 week and it will last until 40 =(

  2. Melissa October 23, 2016 / 1:41 am

    I love these tips. The last couple of weeks are the worst especially if you go past your due date! Hopefully that won’t happen for you. Hang in there mama!

    • daywithfe October 24, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks! I am really hoping she comes this week!!

  3. Megan October 23, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I napped a TON at the end of my pregnancy. I was exhausted!

    • daywithfe October 24, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      For the past few weeks I had been really energetic and not bale to sleep at all, but finally this week I feel exhausted all the time and Ive been napping a ton as well =)

  4. Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama October 24, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    This is a great list! When I was expecting my first, I, too, was SURE she would come earlier rather than later. HA. With my second, my doctor said, “I think he/she will come at the end of July.” I packed my bags, mopped the floor, and waited. At the next appointment, my doctor said, “I think we’ll need to induce at the end of August.” I said, somewhat hysterically, “What am I supposed to DO for an entire month? More to the point, what am I supposed to WEAR for the entire month?” 😉 In case you’re dying to know, I wore an adorable sundress I found on clearance and ate a lot of ice cream. Thanks for a post I’m sure lots of mamas-in-waiting will appreciate. Tweeted! Stopping by form Happiest Mama Bloggers on Facebook. 🙂

    • daywithfe October 24, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      OMG that last month must have been pretty horrible! Im glad you found something to wear! I barely have anything that fits! Thanks for the tweet =)

  5. Nicole Banuelos October 24, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I remember those last weeks and how much I just couldn’t wait for it to be over so I could finally meet my baby… these are all such great tips!

    • daywithfe October 24, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks! The last few weeks of waiting are pretty brutal!

  6. jehava October 24, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Really awesome tips! I know I would just sit in the house and wait thinking maybe today was the day rather than getting out and keeping my normal schedule! Connecting with others is super helpful too!

  7. Sarah Clouser October 24, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Great list! Those last weeks can feel like FOREVER! My boy was a summer baby, so I just binged watch TV all night and slept during the day for some reason. With my daughter I worked right up until her due date and every day (for about the whole month before she was due!) I went into work it was like, “Is this going to be my last day here?” I think that made it seem even longer!

    • daywithfe October 25, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      I cant believe you worked up until her due date! Props to you =) I have been binge watching a lot of TV as well!

  8. Diedre October 24, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    What great tips! With my 2nd, I couldn’t stop looking at the calendar and I felt like all I did was sleep. I definitely know what to do differently with the last one.

    • daywithfe October 25, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I feel like i’m constantly looking at the calendar thinking “Why isn’t it happening?! Hiding the calendar really helps take your mind off of it!

  9. Niki @ Toot's Mom is Tired October 26, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    We went to a LOT of movies in the final two weeks before my daughter was born. We used to go every weekend to see a movie since I basically grew up in a movie theater. I worked there for 9 years! I knew that once she was here, that would all come to an end. I was one of the lucky (or unlucky I guess) ones that had a scheduled C-section so I knew exactly when she was going to be here. Great tips! I hope you get to meet your little one soon!

  10. Dominique November 2, 2016 / 4:52 am

    I love this list. I agree with getting sleep! Omg I miss sleep! Belfore having kids I took sleep for granted! Also going out. After baby is born its so so tough to go out and have fun!! Can’t wait to see your little noodle!

  11. Cody November 13, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Good tips but please don’t wish for your babies to come too early. While you are considered “full term”at 37 weeks there is still more brain growth and development that happens in the 37th and 38th week.

    • Leigh November 13, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Yes! Fé actually came at 41 weeks and while the last month of Pregnancy was pretty brutal, I am happy she came a little late. I think those last few weeks made a big difference =)

  12. Ashley November 14, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Love these!! I will be 40 weeks tomorrow and I survived last week by giving myself a few much needed facial, manicure & pedicure at home. Then I got a haircut since who knows the next time that will ever happen! I’ve scheduled a massage for tomorrow and can’t wait! It has really helped keep my mind off things & help me to relax. And all the supplies needed are inexpensive at any beauty supply store! I saved so much money no paying for a spa! Thank you for sharing! I will have to try some of the other tips this week to keep my mind off the coming induction date! 🙂

  13. Jhoanna November 15, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    This has been super helpful i am currently 37 weeks and 4 days and im so desperate to meet my baby of course number 1 but also so done with all the last pregnancy symptoms like killer heartburn at night really bad back aches no matter which side i turn is really bad constipation all together i feel like is a night mare and never ending i went to the doctors he said im not even dilating my cervix is still tight :/ ughhh and i just wana get it over with but overall when ever baby is ready to come out she will be 🙂 im definitely taking on some of these tips and looking foward to do some of them thanks.and hang in there who ever else is still pregnant 37weeks + 🙂 goodluck

  14. Laccie December 4, 2016 / 3:14 am

    I didn’t find out I was pregnant till I was 27 weeks. I had to symptoms of anything and still getting my monthly friend up until the last month and a half. I am now over my due date which was Nov. 26th and my doc says if she doesn’t come by the 12th of Dec. They will induce me. This is my first and I just have to say these last week’s have been TERRIBLE!!!! I can’t get comfortable I been sleeping in a recliner for the past 2 months nd I feel like a whale. Everyone tells me I’m all belly but to me I feel HUGE!!!! I’m not one of them happy pregnant lady’s! Honestly I’m miserable and I want it to be over NOW!!!!

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