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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Waiting Game: 5 Tips for Surviving the End of Pregnancy

As a first time mom-to-be, I am in limbo. Less than two weeks away is my due date and although I can’t make an educated guess as to whether or not that date will prove accurate, I’m praying it will be. At this point, I’m afraid to do too much and be too far from home. So I wait. And I wait. And I keep asking myself, “Do I feel anything?” Nothing. Eventually, all of the waiting makes me nervous about labor, which is exactly what I don’t need. At my last appointment, my doctor recommended keeping stress at bay and having a “go with the flow" attitude. I decided to take her advice and focus my energy on other areas. Here are 5 tips that have helped me survive the final days of being VERY pregnant.

Hide the calendar!

Thinking about what day it is and how many you have left is evil. It will drive you crazy. Remember, the due date is approximately when your baby will be born. A more relaxed approach is to be ready for anything two to three weeks ahead of time. You’ll feel prepared and ready regardless of the date.

      Stay busy

Go shopping, read a magazine, watch TV. Do it all now because when that baby comes, you are going to be a busy woman! Being focused on something other than being pregnant will help you get through the day faster without obsessing over the due date.

Talk to you doctor

Your doctor understands how anxious and nervous you may be about labor. Inducing labor may be a topic that applies to you and depending on your situation, induction may be exactly what you want. Your doctor will reassure you and help you to understand the best plan for you. Communicate your feelings and ask plenty of questions.

Relax

Physically, you feel very uncomfortable at this point in pregnancy, especially when trying to get a good night’s sleep. Try more pillows to support your body and take warms showers to ease that back pain. It’s also important to mentally relax and remind yourself, this is a temporary situation. Focus on meeting the baby and the pregnancy being over soon.

Have fun!

During the last few weeks of pregnancy, enjoy the time you have to yourself! Get a mani/pedi, splurge for a dinner out, visit with friends, or shop for a new post-pregnancy outfit… Do whatever makes you happy! You’ve been working hard at being pregnant. Treat yourself.  You deserve it! 


Remember...
The last days of pregnancy may feel like forever but all babies are born eventually. Pretty soon, the waiting will be over and you’ll be holding your baby in your arms!

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