10 Tips To Help You Survive The Last Month of Pregnancy
Tips To Help You Survive The Last Month of Pregnancy
The final weeks of pregnancy are tough.
- Hip pain, swollen feet, itchy stomach… the list of aches and pains goes on and on.
- The waddle is real.
- The uncertainty of knowing when things are going to happen is stressful and mentally draining.
- Feeling exhausted, but…
- Struggling with sleep. Sleeping with a big ole bump, and a baby pressing on your bladder is hard. Throw in some crazy pregnancy dreams and it’s no wonder you’re feeling cranky.
I caught myself this past week in a cranky-rut where I was the stereotypical bitter and angry pregnant woman. Things like “ugh, I’m going to be pregnant forever”, “get out get out get outtttt!” and a long winded “uggggghhhhhhh” all either crossed mind, or came out my mouth.
I gave myself a talking to, and came up with a self-care list that would get my through the next few weeks. Here’s a list of 10 tips to help you survive the last month of pregnancy!
Stop Stressing About “WHEN”.
While browsing Pinterest I found this awesome affirmation from Birth Eat Love. “My baby will arrive at the perfect time”.
This was exactly what I needed to hear.
Through the pregnancy forums I check, I’ve seen that a few people with a similar due date have already had their babies. This created a false sense of hope – “maybe the baby will arrive really soon!”. Maybe the baby will… but it’s out of my control. The baby will come when the baby is ready.
I repeat this affirmation to myself whenever I start stressing and wondering “When?!” – It really helps.
Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment
It’s easy to wish away these past few weeks of peace. I’m READY to meet my baby. 9 months of pregnancy feels like a long time to wait.
However, sitting around waiting isn’t going to make the baby arrive any sooner. Instead, think positively about the time you have.
- It’s so nice having time to rest and relax!
- I’m glad I have this time to do the final baby preparation tasks
- This is the perfect opportunity to get some quality time with my friends/family and significant other.
Sometimes, a change in perspective is all you need!
Get a Pedicure
I CAN touch my toes. But Christ, it feels awful. One of the catch 22s of pregnancy is not really being able to clip your own toenails, but having your toenails grow at a ridiculously fast rate.
Indulge in a pedicure. Soak those swollen feet. Have someone else clip those out of control nails. You deserve it.
Lock yourself in your bathroom for an hour or two, and do whatever you need to make yourself feel shiny and new.
I took myself to Sephora and purchased a couple of individual sized face masks, some travel-sized hair products and had the store associates hook me up with a sample of a fancy hair mask. It’s also my birthday month, so through their VIB program, I got a free birthday gift.
Pro Tip: Sephora will give you a take-home sample of most of their products – just ask! It’s a great way to save some money and try-before-you-buy.
Take a Bath
A warm bath can help soothe those aches and pains, and help nourish your skin.
Here’s a ‘recipe’ for my favorite bath. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and soothed.
- A Clean Sock
- ¾ Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- A Couple of Drops of Lavender Oil (or your favorite pregnancy-safe essential oil)
- ¼ Cup Coconut Oil
- ½ Cup Epsom Salts
- 1 Cup Milk
Put the oats inside the sock, and tie a knot.
Start running your bath water and add the sock, essential oil, coconut oil, Epsom salts, and milk.
Squeeze the sock. The milky oat water is great for your skin! Use the sock to massage the oaty goodness all over your skin.
When you get out of the bath, lightly pat dry with a towel or air dry. Rub any residual coconut oil into your skin.
Have a Nap
Sleep. Seriously. Nap as much as you want. Build yourself a glorious pillow fortress.
Newborn babies are work. You’re going to miss sleep.
I feel SO much better and positive on days that I’ve taken a nap. It’s also a great way to kill time if you’re feeling like the days are dragging.
Get Some Fresh Air & Go For A Walk
Drag your butt out the house, and go for a walk (or waddle).
Walking is good for your pregnant body. Getting some fresh air and a little bit of exercise will make you feel brighter.
I’m hoping that a gentle walk every day will help the baby drop.
Go For A Swim
Swimming, or even just floating around, feels amazing on your pregnant body. Swimming is a great, and gentle, way to get some exercise while also relieving your body of some it’s weight.
I’m lucky enough to live in sunny Las Vegas, and my local casino (The M) has a beautiful resort pool that’s free for locals during certain times. Lounging on a sun bed with a mocktail and swimming in the beautiful pool is the PERFECT indulgent distraction from baby-watch.
Make a Lunch/Dinner Date
If there’s one thing that you can do while pregnant, it’s EAT. Make lunch/dinner dates with girlfriends. Spending time with friends will be more complicated once the baby has arrived, so get in some quality time now.
The other day, I took myself out for lunch. I was hungry, and Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp was calling my name. Even though I was by myself, I wanted to indulge in a nice lunch. I even ordered a fancy mocktail. It’s the little things that make you feel spoiled.
Do Something Crafty
Get your creative juices flowing! Use this time to complete a fun DIY project for your baby.
I’m a big fan of cross-stitch and have been working on a cross-stitch baby quilt kit.
I’m also in love with these simple and super cute DIY animal pictures I made for the nursery.
Recently I picked up some cheap picture frames from IKEA that I’m going to paint in my nursery colors, and fill with some kind of printable.
There are a few baby-related crafting ideas on my Pinterest Board if you need inspiration!
Chin Up Mama!
I don’t think I fully anticipated how hard these last few weeks of pregnancy would be on my mental health. Physically, I’m not doing too poorly. Mentally, I’m exhausted. Between pregnancy hormones, baby excitement and anxiety regarding ‘WHEN’, it all gets to be a bit much.
Going through these tips to help you survive the last month of pregnancy and giving myself something to look forward to each day is helping me keep calm, relaxed and more patient. I hope they help you too!
Keep track of my pregnancy, and my 12-week countdown to-do list. I hope sharing my task list provides some inspiration for more time distracting projects to complete before your baby arrives.