One of the things we recommend to our clients is that they plan some special activities for the time when they start to feel particularly distracted by their eagerness for Baby’s arrival. For example, we always suggest a special date to celebrate the arrival of your estimated due date. It’s hard to not get emotionally focused on this date, even though the average gestation for babies is around 41 weeks. We think it’s helpful to prepare for your “due date” to come… and go. Many of our clients want to let labor start naturally, so it’s good to be prepared for that to be as late as 42 weeks. Make a plan to keep yourself busy and fill your waiting days with activities that promote oxytocin, good fetal positioning, and relaxation.
As you're reaching full term, hopefully you’re off work and you can take the time to enjoy this time to nurture, nourish and pamper yourself! You deserve it! Try alternating movement with rest and keep up with hydration (aim for a gallon/day) and nutrition. Anxiously wishing for labor and over-focusing on warm up contractions will add unnecessary stress. It’s not difficult to fill your days with movement, rest, hydration, nutrition and joy, although it may require a mental/emotional shift.
As I write this post, Kersti is 41 weeks pregnant with Baby #2, affectionately called Squish. We’ve had an absolutely lovely time practicing what we preach in regard to keeping busy and distracted as we wait for Squish to come to the party. From family-vacation-day to massages and floats to daily walks to different places (often involving favorite foods), Kersti has filled these last couple weeks with joy and rest. It’s helpful that she has a partner and local family and friends who are able to support and/or join in. Invite your tribe to help you find joy in waiting.
Here is our list of things to do while waiting. I’ve checked off the ones Kersti has done herself while we wait, mostly patiently *wink, on Squish’s perfect timing.
MAKE IT SPECIAL