38 Weeks Pregnant: Tips to get to the end without having a breakdown

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to name the title of this blog post, but the words typed just kinda came out, and it is how I feel so I am leavin it!

Why are the last weeks of pregnancy so hard? Some may say they are even harder than those first few months with morning sickness. I would say that, mostly because I didn’t suffer too horribly from morning sickness. You are dealing with the ever growing belly which is not only making it hard to sit or breathe, but sleeping is a struggle. You are extremely tired and want to relax but, at the same time keep having a small panicky feeling of needing to get the house ready for the baby. 

One second you just want the baby to be here NOW, because dammit you have been waiting so freaken long and you are anxious to meet him/her, and the next second you are terrified that you have too many things to still get done so you need more time! Then your husband brings home peanut butter that you asked him to get and he gets the wrong kind that has added sugar in it!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Ok, so you may be feeling super moody too. Sorry babe! 

Ah… so here I sit 14 days before the due date typing this blog post, hoping that some small tips and tricks I have been using can be helpful for other mother’s to be in the same boat.

Sleeping

  • Tempur-Pedic pillow to place under your belly
  • A/C if you have it ALL NIGHT (It is the dead of Summer and most nights are not dropping below 70)
  • Use your own blanket. I use a quilt because it is lighter and it is what I find most comfortable. My husband uses a big comforter – we don’t share blankets and it is the best!
  • Don’t feel bad about hitting the hay early. For the last month I have been getting into bed by 8:30-9 PM at night. I typically wake up 2-3x a night to pee, so getting extra sleep by going to bed earlier is ideal.

Eating/Food Prep

  • I understand that having food cooking and readily available after baby comes can be tough. I have begun making some meals and freezing them for the first few weeks of motherhood. (Eggplant Parmesean + Chili are great for freezing)
  • Daily Harvest smoothies
  • Clean out your fridge. Remove all old condiments or expired items so you can easily navigate what you need.

Other Tips:

  • If you can work from home DO. The stress of finding something to wear that actually fits, along with sitting in an office all day with constant bathroom trips and body aches and pains is not ideal. I have been fortunate enough to have a job where I can do my work remotely. This has been amazing over the last week and beyond as I am in pain and sitting is extremely hard.
  • Exercise: I had been exercising for the entire pregnancy and using my Peloton daily. When the baby wasn’t turning from transverse position, I stopped spinning as I was nervous about the way I was sitting, plus I couldn’t reach the handle bars! I now make sure to walk at least 2 miles a day and SWIM whenever and wherever I can.

 

That is all I have for now. I will be sure to update if I come up with any other tips that can be helpful during the last month of pregnancy. Hope these helped!

 

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