How to Enjoy Your Final Weeks of Pregnancy

Four Methods:Finalizing Your PlansPampering YourselfTaking Care of Yourself PhysicallyMaking Memorabilia

As the end of your pregnancy approaches, you may find that you are a little emotionally and physically drained. However, there are ways to enjoy your final weeks of pregnancy, including finding peace by finalizing your plans, taking time to pamper yourself, keeping yourself healthy, and making baby memorabilia.

Method 1
Finalizing Your Plans

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    Understand that having a plan will help to alleviate stress and worry. Although this might seem like something that would add stress to your life, it can actually be quite comforting for you to know that everything is planned out for when you will not be able to take care of things.[1]
    • Finalizing the plans for getting to the hospital and having everything packed and ready to go makes it much easier to relax and enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy. After all of the plans are in place, you will have less to worry about and will hopefully be able to relax a bit more.
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    Make a birthing plan. This plan should cover your preferences regarding the details of your child’s birth, such as what medication you will be administered, and whether or not your baby will be circumcised, if he is a boy. Many women find it helpful to put their birth plan in writing so that everyone involved in the birthing process is aware of her preferences since she may not be capable of expressing them clearly while giving birth.[2]
    • It is important to also add some clauses about what you prefer if something changes, such as the need for an emergency caesarean if the baby is having difficulties during the birth.
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    Organize for someone to take care of other children or pets. If there are other children in the family or pets in the home, plans should be made for someone to care for them while you are giving birth. This person or persons should be reliable and readily available at any time of day or night.
    • In addition, unless they volunteer, it is usually best to choose someone besides the immediate family, since they may want to be at the hospital when the baby is born.
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    Clear your calendar. Since few babies are actually born when they are expected, it is a good idea for you to clear your calendar for several weeks toward the end of your pregnancy. This means that you should take care of all of your routine appointments, even if it is a little ahead of schedule.
    • Some appointments to consider are the dentist, hair salon, pediatric appointments for other children in the family, and veterinarian appointments for household pets.
    • Once all of the appointments are finished and out of the way, you will not have to worry about forgetting to call to cancel them when the baby comes.
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    Get your car checked out. Another appointment that should be made is a tune up for your vehicle. It is important to be sure that it in good working condition before the baby is born. This includes such things as checking the condition of the wiper blades, which many people don’t consider until there is a problem.
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    Pack your bag for the hospital. Put in everything that you need for you and your baby. These things include diapers, hygiene products, clothes for you and baby, and towels.[3]
    • Select the clothing that you will wear on your way out of the hospital. Keep in mind that you will most likely have a bunch of pictures taken of you and your baby at that time.
    • Select clothing for your baby. If you want your baby to wear something special for his or her first day in the world, remember to pack it.

Method 2
Pampering Yourself

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    Take advantage of the time before the baby comes. When everything is taken care of, it is time to relax. Once the baby is born, you most likely won’t have a whole lot of time for yourself for awhile. Because of this, you should take some time to pamper yourself now.[4]
    • This could be something as simple as indulging in an activity that you love but haven’t had time to do, like going out to dinner or to a movie, or even just reading a book in bed.
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    Go on a mini vacation or to a day spa. Pampering yourself could also include going on a mini vacation where you do not have to be concerned with the many activities that your daily life usually entails. This mini vacation could be a weekend away with your significant other, or simply a day at the spa.
    • Getting a full body massage can help ease muscle or joint strain related to carrying the extra weight of the baby or sleeping in awkward positions.
    • Most pregnant women can barely see their feet, let alone take care of them, so a pedicure may be a great way to pamper yourself.
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    Go shopping for some new clothes. After wearing maternity clothes for so many months, you might also enjoy going shopping for some new clothes or shoes. Although you won’t be able to try them on while you are pregnant, you can always save the receipt and exchange them if they don’t fit right after the baby is born.
    • If shopping for yourself isn’t your cup of tea, you can also go shopping for you baby.
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    Spend time with your partner and children. Along with pampering yourself physically, you may also want to pamper yourself emotionally. Spend some quality time with your partner and any other children you may have.
    • Not only will this make you feel relaxed, it will also remind your loved ones that they are very important to you.

Method 3
Taking Care of Yourself Physically

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    Make sure that you are getting enough rest. Toward the end of a pregnancy, many women have trouble getting comfortable enough for a good night of sleep. If this is the case, you should take naps during the day in order to be sure that your body is getting enough rest.
    • If necessary, you should arrange for a sitter or a family member to help when there are other children in the family so that you can get some sleep.
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    Eat as healthily as possible. Since you and your baby are getting nutrients from the food that you eat, it is important for you to eat often and focus on foods that are healthy instead of foods with low nutritional values. It is alright to satisfy a craving for something of little nutritional worth, but it should be done in moderation. Usually a few bites should satisfy the craving.[5]
    • It is also important to get enough liquids, especially water.
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    Reduce constipation. Constipation is common in pregnant women because the intestine muscles relax and reduce their ability to push food through your system. Constipation can lead to stomach pains and a generally sense of sluggishness.[6]
    • Cope with constipation by eating fiber-rich foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and dried fruit all contain fiber.
    • Walk or do light exercise because physical activity can help to get your intestines working.
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    Avoid swelling. Swelling is one of the accompanying symptoms of late pregnancy that occurs due to the pressure of the uterine vessels, water retention and a lack of protein intake.
    • Drink plenty of water so that you and your baby stay hydrated, especially if it is hot outside. Staying hydrated can help to keep your body from retaining water and making you swell up. #*Eat plenty of meat, eggs, dairy products, legumes, and cereals.
    • Do not eat too much spicy or salty food. These two food groups may make your body retain fluid that can lead to swelling in your arms and legs.
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    Reduce leg cramps. Leg cramps and restless leg syndrome are common in the last week of pregnancy. The reasons could be lack of calcium, magnesium, or poor circulation.
    • Calcium is an electrolyte that helps in the transmission of signals through the body. Include dairy products in your diet like milk,yogurt or cheese, as these are all rich in calcium.
    • Magnesium affects the muscles and their contractions. Try to eat cereals, nuts, and soy that are all rich in magnesium.
    • A warm bath before bed help to control restless leg syndrome.
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    Cope with heartburn. This is a common discomfort during pregnancy. When your intestines do not work as efficiently as normal, food can remain in your large intestine for a long period of time, causing heartburn. On top of that, your baby is pressing on your stomach, so food and acid can get squished back up out of your stomach and cause heartburn. To deal with heartburn[7]:
    • Eat smaller meals and avoid fatty and spicy foods.
    • Do not lie down immediately after eating. Wait two to three hours.
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    Reduce back pain. During pregnancy, the organs in your body move and make space for your baby as he or she grows. These moving organs can affect your backbone, causing back pain. To ease your pain[8]:
    • Try to avoid standing in the same position for a long period of time.
    • Elevate your legs when you sit down.
    • Wear flat shoes.
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    Deal with any shortness of breath. A growing baby causes your uterus to expand, which in turn can put pressure on your diaphragm. This pressure can make you feel like you can’t catch your breath.[9]
    • Try to control this discomfort by sleeping in a half-seated position and by slowing down your physical activities.
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    Avoid hemorrhoids . Due to the increased pressure of the uterus on the veins of your abdomen, your flow of blood can slow down in the area around your rectum This can cause hemorrhoids, which can be uncomfortable and, at times, painful.
    • To reduce your chances of developing hemorrhoids, try to avoid constipation (see Step 3 of this section for more information).

Method 4
Making Memorabilia

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    Understand why making memorabilia is a good idea. During the final weeks of pregnancy, many women take time off from work and have more time on their hands. This is a wonderful time to make memorabilia so that you and your child can look back at this important time in both of your lives.
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    Put together a pregnancy journal or scrapbook. If you haven’t already started a pregnancy journal or scrapbook, this is a great time to put one together. You can purchase one at a store or make one on your own from a blank book. Be as creative as you want to be.
    • Just because it is a journal does not mean that it only has to contain writing. Paste in ultrasound pictures, cards and other things that you have collected during your pregnancy.
    • In the same manner, a scrapbook can also contain journal entries whether they are written directly in the scrapbook or written on a piece of paper and glued in.
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    Write a letter to your new baby. Another thing that you can do is write a letter to your unborn child. This letter can be saved and given to your child, or read to your child, when he or she is older. A letter is wonderful expression of love and the joy you are feeling about having your baby.


  • Enjoy your peace and quiet.

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