15 Things to Do while Waiting for Labor to Start
Waiting for Labor to Start?
You are say . . . 37-ish weeks pregnant, and at that point of pregnancy where every moment feels like a lifetime. Every ounce of you is uncomfortable, not much is fitting anymore, you need assistance to put your shoes on, and you might even have to push your seat back to drive, which then makes the peddles too far away from your feet . . . what a time to be alive. I cried roughly every day in the last few weeks of pregnancy but don’t worry! There are some things that you might have forgotten to do that could seriously help curb the horror that is the end of the third trimester.
15 Ways to Keep Busy while You Wait for Labor to Start
1. Meal Prep
Put some food away for after baby arrives. If your swollen little footsies can handle it take a day and put some 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 induces labor, but I do know it has been said having an orgasm helps soften the cervix. Don’t think too much about this though, it all sort of resembles national geographic at this point.
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 literally nothing.
There is something about having my hands and feet pretty that make me feel like a new woman, especially when the ol’ 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.
Go on a trip, alone, with your spouse, with a friend. Whatever. Enjoy a last adult trip before your newest traveling companion joins you!
Clean, Clean, Clean. Bathrooms, random closets, places people will probably not see. These spots will be neglected for awhile most likely so go crazy nesting. Scrubbing on your hands and knees would be great for getting the little babe into the best position.
Do a final sweep of baby’s room and make sure everything is where you want it, and easily accessible for any help you will be having come. Making sure diapers and wipes are in a convenient location and the swing, bouncy seat, and boppy pillow are within eye shot and assembled.
Sleep, and then take a nap. Take all the time you can sleeping and relaxing. Take the other kids to the sitter and don’t feel guilty for taking some time to just relax while waiting for labor to start.
Research and attend a breastfeeding support group. The world of breastfeeding can be super overwhelming and finding a local support group for you will be helpful when the need arises!
10. Memorialize your Pregnancy
Take maternity photos! Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing 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 day you found out you were pregnant 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 just yet, but you might be too small for the maternity clothes you were wearing at the end. I liked to buy “normal” clothes just a size bigger so that I had some options while my body was trying to figure out what it was doing. Also-leggings and yoga pants, my bestest best friends ever.
Seriously, stop what you are doing and go buy one right now! I had two c-sections and I only had the band after my second one. I could totally tell a difference in how my stomach went back down and the support I felt I had during recovery. It was amazing.
Read a book, magazine, 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. You will never be here again, waiting for labor to start.