Here’s a collection of tips you can implement when you’re 37 weeks pregnant!
There’s an abundance of ideas and you do not have to do them all, just take the ones that tick your hell yeah box and go with those!
AND If you know someone who’s approaching 37 weeks, why not pass on this blog to them so they’ll benefit too?
Ok, let’s start this Tip Marathon…
My first and MOST important tip is to set boundaries NOW
- Setting boundaries looks like letting family & friends know that YOU will let them know when babe has arrived and when you’ll be happy to start welcoming visitors. You don’t have to set an actual date, all they need to know is that you or your partner will let them know when it feels good in your own time.
Plan a few date nights with your partner (one a week from now on)
- Go out for a meal, go to the cinema to see a film, go to the theatre to catch a show, see if there are any live bands playing locally, or visit a museum or art gallery.
- Do you catch my drift, basically, look to do some things you love?
Set the RULE now
- That absolutely no one can text you on your due date to ask if anything is “happening“ (heavy air quotes on the word – happening)
- Treat your due date like every other day. In fact, why not make plans to do something or go somewhere on this day?
Plan your post-partum time
- Listen to Episode 3 called How to Make your Postpartum Easier for some extra tips.
- One of the best things you can do at this time is to cook and freeze meals.
- Have your takeaway menus or apps handy for the days when it’ll feel like defrosting and reheating a meal will feel like too much – – > there is zero judgement here!
- Make life as easy as possible for yourself in those first few weeks after birth.
On the topic of food:
- There is a book called The first 40 days, the essential art of nourishing the new mother by Heng Ou, it includes 60+ recipes such as healing soups, replenishing meals and snacks.
- This got me thinking – – > Why not send a recipe to each of your friends to make and bring when you’re ready for visitors?
Rest when you can
- Pregnancy is exhausting and getting a full night’s sleep around this time is virtually impossible. Lots of pressure on the bladder and finding a comfortable position is hard work.
- So, if you can nap during the day or head to bed earlier, go for it!
- If you have younger children, can someone have them for a couple of hours so you can close your eyes?
Treat yourself to something special whatever that may be
- Hint, this might be your last chance to book a photographer to capture you as you are right now. You might not feel up to having your photos taken but remembering and honouring this time with a feel-good Maternity Session is something you might be glad you said yes to.
If you haven’t already
- Now would be a good time to research some local and online baby groups to meet other mums.
- I have to confess, I was terrified to go to a baby group when I had my first, but I can honestly say I’m so glad I did.
- I meet the best women in the world and 18 years on they are still my best friends, I love each of them dearly!
- If you feel nervous, take your mum with you or a friend for the first couple of times. And I promise you – getting out of the house will feel amazing!
Get a good mate to organise a baby shower or a Mother blessing
- Each person coming has to bring a meal for two that you can freeze to help stock you up after birth (see what I did there – I’m big on ways to get some batched meals stocked up for you).
- This is a great way to get together with your mates for a good catch-up too and have some fun.
- If you’re unsure what a mother blessing is, check this out!
Now is also a great time to start planning your birth
- If you haven’t done a birth plan yet, set aside some time with your partner to make one.
- If you’re planning a home birth this is a great time to decorate the room you are planning on birthing in and test the birth pool or any equipment you have.
- If you planning a hospital birth, this is a great time to pack your hospital bag.
- If you’d love to know how you can make your hospital birth feel more homely – Check out episode 32!
Get some fresh AIR in your lungs
- Taking a walk through nature will help to relieve any stress or anxiety you are carrying.
- Take your shoes off and walk bear foot in the grass, take a small picnic with you.
- Head to the ocean, walk on the beach barefoot in the sand and dip your toes in the sea
- You could plan to go as the sun is setting or rising – – > These will all give you feel-good vibes!
Go swimming at your local swimming pool
- If you’re feeling heavy, this is a great way to float and feel weightless.
- It’s also great for any joints that may be sore.
- Backstroke or laying on your back is the most relaxing position to be in while in the pool, it will feel so good!!
- A good friend of mine, Danielle Fox (whose a doula and aqua natal teacher) runs classes here in south Wales, check her out HERE.
- Here’s a blog I found about swimming while pregnant for you to check out and read.
- Be careful when getting out of the pool and avoid hot tubs
And finally, FLEX your ASK muscle!!
- Get used to asking for help
- Help might look like asking for help with the laundry, changing your bed, a bit of light shopping, cleaning whatever it is, get used to asking.
- You’ll be surprised how many people will want to help you.
- This is possibly the best advice I can give.
- Be sure to Ask for help or some company or whatever it is you need.
And that’s all folks!
I hope this blog has given you some useful ideas, remember you don’t need to do them all, just take the ones that feel good to you.
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