Some women are lucky enough to be able to sail through their while pregnancies without a hitch, and are able to keep on going until the baby is ready to make an appearance. However, many women aren’t so lucky and simply cannot do what they would normally do. This might be purely down to how big you’ve got during your pregnancy, and some even have other problems that arise which cause them to need bed rest for the remainder of their pregnancy. Regardless of whether you need to rest, it’s always a good idea to cram as much resting time in as possible before your baby arrives, so here are some great tips on how to rest easy and make your final weeks of being pregnant that little bit easier.
Know your birthing plan
One of the most important things that you should be doing in the weeks leading up to the birth of your baby is going through your birthing plan. If you’ve opted in or are booked in for a planned c-section, then it might be time to make an appointment with your midwife to talk through exactly what to expect. C-sections are still major surgery and can take a massive toll on the body, so make sure you know what to expect so that you can prepare things at home to make your life much easier once you and baby return from hospital. Things like easy to reach items and having your partner prepare things for you so that you can rest up and recover from your section.
If you’re hoping to go down the natural birthing route, then you will need to be speaking to your midwife and the hospital about arrangements that need to be made so that you can bring your baby into the world the way that you desire. If you want a birthing pool for example, the hospital will need to know so that it can be ready for you.
Bringing a baby into the world can make your mind go into overdrive. Thoughts like whether you will cope mentally, or whether you can support this baby financially are all common thoughts to be having during your pregnancy – especially towards the end. While these are all valid things to be thinking about, stressing out isn’t going to help your baby.
If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, it might be a good idea to do some meditation to help breathe away your troubles and relax easier. Yoga is a fantastic way of meditating and can also help keep you as nimble as possible. Try this to see if you can alleviate some of your worries!
Do some research
No parent brings a child into the world knowing everything there is to know about being a parent. We all wing it, and that’s a part of becoming a parent – you learn as you go! However, it won’t do any harm to do some research on a few points that you’re unsure on! All you need is a broadband connection, a comfortable sofa, and a nice brew for some easy reading!
Frequently asked questions about parenting are usually the ones where the rules change regularly like:
- Cot bumpers – yay or nay?
- The bottle vs breastfeeding information that you need to know. Breast is always best, but some women physically cannot breastfeed, so clue yourself up on what to expect and how to deal with any problems that arise.
- Which nappies/dummies/wipes/bath lotions are the best to use. These change all of the time and often depend on the baby rather than how good the product actually is.
Doing research on anything that you’re unsure on will help you enter parenting that little bit more confident!
Another extremely important thing to do is to make sure that you’re eating well in the last weeks of your pregnancy. These last few weeks are when your baby is cramming in as many nutrients and doing their final stages of growing, so you will need plenty of nutritious food so that you can provide for your baby and also not feel too drained in yourself.
If you find it hard to stand for long periods of time, it might be an idea to order ready meals fresh to your door that are packed with goodness for you and baby. Alternatively, you could get your partner into prepping plenty of healthy meals for you so that you don’t have to be on your feet for long periods of time.
You may be finding that it’s hard to sleep in these later weeks of pregnancy, and that’s totally normal. However, eating well and drinking plenty of water will do nothing but help you get those final precious bits of sleep before the sleepless nights truly begin. Read more here about nutrition in pregnancy to see what changes you could be making!
Visit friends and family
You’ve probably promised yourself, family members, and friends that once your precious baby is finally here that you won’t miss out on time with them. While this isn’t the case for all women, many women find it hard to even get themselves out of the house, especially if they had a difficult birth.
Take this time to visit friends and family and enjoy being yourself, because very soon you won’t have time to even think about social time as your new baby will need it’s Mummy 24/7. You could arrange dates for your friends and family to come and visit you so that you don’t become secluded and of course, they can have a cuddle with your new addition!
Do odd jobs
You might not be able to dash around the house like you used to, but you could certainly put these final weeks to good use by doing odd jobs that you’ve been wanting to do for ages. Things like sorting out your wardrobe or going through your DVD collection and putting discs back into the right cases are both great examples of odd jobs that you could be doing.
Don’t, however, make the mistake of doing anything too strenuous as you could be putting not only your baby in danger, but yourself too. Many women go into ‘nesting’ mode when they are pregnant and want to make their homes perfect for when their baby arrives. However, things can be taken too far when items that are a bit too heavy are lifted by pregnant women determined to make changes. It can cause falls, damage to your baby, and even early labour. Make sure that if you’ve got anything large that needs doing, that you’re getting someone else to do it for you!
Finally, why not use these final weeks to pamper yourself? After all, once the baby is here you can wave goodbye to long soaks in the bath and facemasks galore. Why not take yourself for a long soak to ease your aching joints, shave your legs, stick a facemask on and let yourself melt your troubles away? Make the most of it while you can!
Try these ideas so that you can make your final weeks of being pregnant that little bit easier. It won’t be long and you will be holding your little bundle of joy in your arms! Good luck with your birth and everything after.
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