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15 Things to Do While Waiting for Labor to Start

About 37 weeks pregnant and waiting for labor to start? Here are 15 things to help keep you busy and pass the time!

Updated October 4, 2023
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You are, let’s say, 37-ish weeks pregnant and at the point of pregnancy when every moment feels like a lifetime. Every ounce of you is uncomfortable, and not much is fitting anymore. You need assistance just to put your shoes on. Your car seat must be pushed back to drive, making the peddles too far away from your feet. You can’t help but wish for your labor to start. I cried roughly every day in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Don’t lose hope!

15 Ways to Keep Busy While Waiting for Labor to Start

Here are some things you can do that will help keep you busy while waiting for labor to start.

1. Meal Prep

Put some food away for after baby arrives. If your swollen feet can handle it, take a day and put some postpartum freezer meals together and put them away for the perfect evening meal when cooking just cannot happen.

2. Sexy Time

It may or may not be an old wives’ tale that says having sex naturally induces labor, but I do know it has been said having an orgasm helps soften the cervix. Don’t overthink this, though. It all resembles National Geographic at this point.

3. Get a Massage

Sweet lord, I could have laid on that table all day. Enjoy an hour of someone rubbing your back and just take time to do nothing.

4. Mani/Pedi

Something about having my hands and feet pretty makes me feel like a new woman, especially when my feet are hard to get to nowadays. Having fresh nails is one less thing to worry about when people will soon be all up in your lady bits.

5. Travel

Go on a babymoon or a trip alone, with your spouse, with a friend, whatever. Enjoy the last adult trip before your newest traveling companion joins you!

6. Nest

Clean, Clean, Clean. Bathrooms, random closets, places people will probably not see. These spots will be neglected for a while, most likely, so go crazy nesting. Scrubbing on your hands and knees would be great for getting the little babe into the best position.

7. Organize

Do a final sweep of baby’s room and ensure everything is where you want it and easily accessible for any help you will have come. Make sure diapers and wipes are in a convenient location and the swing, bouncy seat, and boppy pillow are within eyeshot and assembled.

8. Sleep

Sleep, and then take a nap. Take the time you can to relax and sleep during pregnancy. Take the other kids to the sitter, and don’t feel guilty for just relaxing while waiting for labor to start.

9. Prepare for Breastfeeding

Research and attend a breastfeeding support group. The world of breastfeeding can be overwhelming, and finding a local support group for you will be helpful when needed!

10. Memorialize your Pregnancy

Take maternity photos! Pregnancy is beautiful, even if you aren’t feeling that way at the time. You will want to remember these moments before the baby comes.

11. Start your Baby Book

Crack open that baby book and fill out the first few pages. Enjoy reminiscing on the cravings, the sleepless nights, the early signs of pregnancy, the day you found out you were pregnant, the pregnancy symptoms you experienced, and when you felt baby move for the first time, and put those memories onto the pages before you forget in the commotion of diapers and feedings and sleep deprivation.

12. Prep your Postpartum Wardrobe

Check your wardrobe out. After delivery, you might not be in your pre-pregnancy clothes yet, but you might be too small for the maternity clothes you wore at the end. I liked to buy “normal” clothes, just a size bigger, so I had some options while my body was trying to figure out what it was doing. Also, leggings and yoga pants were my best friends ever.

13. Buy a belly band!

Seriously, stop what you are doing and buy one right now! I had two c-sections and only had the belly band after my second one. I could tell the difference in how my stomach went back down and the support I felt I had during recovery. It was amazing.

14. Read

Read a book, magazine, birth book, or whatever while waiting for labor to start.

15. Enjoy Your Alone Time

Sit in the baby’s room. Look around, take it all in. Shortly, there will be a little bundle in the bassinet, and life will be so different. So beautifully different. But for now, take a moment and breathe in where you are right now.

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Hannah Southerland is a stay-at-home mom and wife of two little boys. She blinked and now they are 3 and 4 and taking over her world with karate moves and… Read more

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