Waiting for Your Due Date? How to Stay Sane
The final pregnancy weeks can really drag – especially if they’re during the summer months. So how do you stay sane until your due date (or whatever day Baby decides to make an appearance!) arrives? Most women say that the final three or four weeks of pregnancy were the most difficult time. You’re like a ticking time bomb and that’s tough.
Your back aches. And your feet ache. You feel tired all the time but you just CAN’T sleep. And you’re sick of being in limbo. You just want to meet your baby and get on with being a mom! Will you make a good mom? Oh, and there are niggling fears about what labor will be like in the back of your mind.
Forget it. Seriously. Sometimes you’ve just got to put all of that stuff out of your mind. Otherwise, you’ll go nuts. In this post, we’re going to forget all about pregnancy symptoms and what to expect when you go into labor. Let’s just concentrate on strategies for staying sane while you play the waiting game.
Ten Tips for Staying Sane While You Wait for Your Due Date:
Get cooking and fill up your freezer:
You’ll be thankful for a couple of frozen casseroles or lasagnas once Baby arrives.
Take lots of Nana Naps:
Grab a bit of sleep whenever you can. Maybe you can store up a bit of energy for labor and delivery!
Read a good book:
Get immersed in a really good story – a novel always makes the time fly!
Get your hair done:
Treat yourself – you’ll feel a million bucks!
Go on a date:
(with your husband, of course!). The way you are as a couple will change forever when you become parents. Think of your last pregnancy dates at a “baby moon”.
Write a letter to your baby:
Tell baby how you’re feeling right now, and you’re hopes and dreams for his or her life. Tuck it away in an envelope and give it to your child on their 18th birthday.
Phone your mom:
I’m sure she’ll have a few horror stories to tell about when you were a baby.
Take a stroll:
Fresh air will do you the world of good. Take your husband. Hold hands.
Start a project:
Whether you’re a knitter, a painter, a poet, a new project can be really immersive. You’ll look up and a whole day will have gone by.
Binge watch Game of Thrones:
Or Gossip Girl, or whatever you’re into. If killing time is your game, Netflix is the key. And you can carry on watching in a week or so when you’re stuck on the sofa breastfeeding in a week or so!
Things to Remember About the Final Pregnancy Weeks:
You won’t be pregnant forever: It feels like forever. Time seems to be moving at half its usual speed. You are watching like a hawk for the signs of impending labor. But you will not be pregnant forever. It’s not possible. Sooner or later your baby will arrive. Be patient.
Your due date is an estimate: You’ve been reciting your due date since you first made your pregnancy announcement. You repeat it to everyone who says, “are you still here?” “you look like you’re about to pop!” or “so, when are you due.” It’s imprinted in your brain. But, no matter what the due date calculator says, it really is just an estimate. Your baby could arrive two weeks before, or even two weeks after, your official due date. Your friends probably even have a sweepstake about it!
Your grandmother did this, and her grandmother, and her grandmother, and her grandmother: It might help to think about the fact that women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. You can survive your final weeks of pregnancy.
Something to Read While You Wait for the First Labor Symptoms:
Read up on labor, childbirth, and the first few hours of your baby’s life. There are so many aspects to growing and delivering a tiny human and learning about it will kill time and decrease your anxiety about what’s to come.
This nine months will soon be a distant memory. Then you’ll have about eighteen years of active parenting. And a lifetime of being a parent. Read up on parenting advice and strategies from the experts.
Do you know exactly what it is you’re waiting for? How will you know when you’re actually in labor? Check out this helpful guide to late pregnancy symptoms, the early signs of labor, and how to tell the difference.