I felt like I was going a little bit crazy in the final two weeks of pregnancy. Tired easily, always hungry, in some pain/body stress, but unable to concentrate on anything work related….
In retrospect, here are the things I would recommend women do in the days/weeks before giving birth:
- Check the levels of your shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent and make sure to replace anything close to being done. Check on the TP, paper towels, and other household items as well.
- Schedule maternity leave notices on any blogs, set up email vacation autoresponders, and update voicemail messages to let people know what to expect from you communication-wise.
- Set up a comfortable nursing station, with reading material, snacks, comfortable pillows, remote controls, and a little table nearby.
- Clean up your media queues! Check your Pandora and Spotify stations, your Hulu and Netflix subscriptions, and in general put lighthearted stuff at the top for easy access.
- Decide what level of Facebook and twitter interaction you welcome in your life around birth and in the first weeks. What information do you want to share with people? What information do you want your parents to share? Let it be known.
- Pick out a baby announcement (I like the designs at minted.com)
- Read Amazon reviews for baby products you’re considering and throw them in a baby registry or saved items in your cart to buy later as needed.
- Find information for a good local lactation consultant. You might need it.
- Set up (or ask a friend to set up) a meal train schedule for friends to bring you delicious food!
I also like this list from a reference book:
Enjoy this quiet time before your baby’s birth!
- Visit a new or elegant restaurant
- Enjoy a walk every day
- make a couple of stews or casseroles, and freeze them for after the baby is born.
- Have lunch with a friend.
- Treat yourself to a massage.
- Make a list of numbers to call when the baby is born.
- Spend a romantic night or weekend in a hotel with your partner.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Shop for yourself, not the baby.
- Buy some fresh flowers.
- Bake cookies or bread.
- Visit a local museum.
- Read a good book that’s not about birth or babies.
- Write a letter to someone you don’t see often enough.
- Go to a concert.
- Go dancing with your partner.
- Have your partner take some sexy and silly photos of your pregnant body.
- Look at your baby pictures and your partner’s.
- Savor being two before you become three!
From “The Joy of Pregnancy” by Tori Kropp