5 Things to Do During Your Last Few Weeks of Pregnancy

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The last few weeks of pregnancy are a special time. Though you might feel exhausted, swollen, and stretched (in more ways than one), you also know that, within weeks, your baby will be in your arms. There is excitement, anticipation, and nervousness and many moms feel torn about how to spend their free time during the last few weeks before baby’s arrival. Should you relax? Clean? Re-read baby books? Check out the list below (and add your own priorities) to make the best use of your free time during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

1. Pamper yourself

Though everyone likes to pamper themselves in different ways, most women know just what they like to do to feel good. If you like massages, book a 90-minute session. If you like getting your nails done, plan a session at your favorite shop. If you like spending the day soaking in the pool, look for a location that has a luxurious one (spas and hotels often have nice ones!) and plan to spend the day relaxing.

2. Spend time with your partner 

As the close of your pregnancy draws near, you might wonder how your relationship with your partner will change once your baby (and the sleepless nights they’ll inevitably bring) are in the picture. Take the time now to build your bond and reaffirm your partnership. While it can be helpful to talk about who will complete which baby-related tasks and how you’ll split up household chores, life is often unpredictable and, when the list of who does what gets shaken up, the most important thing is to know that you have one another's backs and are there for each other. As you talk, have fun and bond over your mutual excitement and fear, be sure you think of ways to both support each other, and ask for help, when you need it.

3. Spend time with friends

While having a baby certainly doesn’t mean you’ll be sitting out girl’s night from now on, the reality is that, for a few months at least, it will be much harder to get out of the house and spend quality time with your friends. Think about what you and your friends like to do together and then go do it. Hit up trivia night (even though you’re not drinking), head out for a hike (even though your ankles are already swollen) or have a middle school style sleep-over and spend the night watching your favorite movies and eating ice-cream. Make sure to let your friends know that even as your life changes and how you spend time together shifts, they’re still important! 

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4. Prep your home and pre-book appointments

Though having fun and relaxing before your baby arrives is important, make sure you spend a little time now preparing your home for baby’s arrival. Do a deep clean (or ask for a deep clean as a shower gift), finish the baby laundry and nursery organizing and make a few meals to keep in the freezer for those first few days home.

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5. Daydream and get excited! 

Most pre-baby to-do lists focus on activities with tangible outcomes like a packed hospital bag or a compiled baby safety kit but, as important as preparing these sorts of things can be, it’s also vital that you make room for getting excited. You’re having a baby! Your life is about to change. You’re bringing a brand new person, whose going to lead a wonderful life, into this world. Get ready to enjoy it, mama, it’s going to be fantastic! 

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5 Things to Do During Your Last Few Weeks of Pregnancy

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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