It’s Mama Time
I think most women agree that the last few weeks of pregnancy are the worst. Youâ€™re huge, at least a little bit uncomfortable, and ready to have this baby and be done with it! The excitement of being pregnant has long since waned, and now itâ€™s just a waiting game with an unknown answer. Of course, that doesnâ€™t stop everyone from asking you when youâ€™re going to be having the baby!
To make up for the utter agony of all this, and to alleviate the boredom that comes with waiting, itâ€™s important to spoil yourself as much as possible during this time. Because once that baby comes out, it quickly becomes all about her. Here are some ideas for pampering yourself pre-birth.
Â 1. Get a pedicure: It might be awhile before you get back to the nail salon for primping. Pick a favorite color you love to look at, since thereâ€™s good chance youâ€™ll be staring at your feet quite a bit during labor and delivery, and pretty toes might just make birthing that baby just a tiny bit easier.
Â 2. Indulge your taste buds: Maybe youâ€™ve been trying to keep your eating clean and healthy during your pregnancy, which is great. But if thereâ€™s ever a time to succumb to that chocolate craving, itâ€™s during your full-term weeks. Right now, itâ€™s all about whatever brings your aching bod pleasure. Plus, if youâ€™re anxious to lose the baby weight ASAP, this might be the last time you can eat cookies (relatively) guilt-free.
Â 3. Hit the salon: Make an appointment for a quick trim before your baby arrives. Donâ€™t go crazy; now is not the time to chop off your long flowing locks, especially since youâ€™re likely to lose some body and thickness after you give birth. Just trim your bangs and reshape the rest. Even taking off a tiny bit will help you feel lighter and looking better. Plus youâ€™ll be glad you did once your baby arrives and youâ€™re on diaper and feeding duty 24/7 with no time for yourself!
4. Get busy: It fulfills the feel-good requirement, and youâ€™re not going to get any for six weeks postpartum, so now is definitely the time to go at it. Bonus: Sex could help bring on labor!
Â 5. Move around: You think you just want to sit on the couch, but believe me, fitting in some movement every day will make you feel so much better than being a slug. Iâ€™ve been swearing by prenatal yoga; it helps alleviate my lower-back pain and reduce the tightness I feel in, oh, just about every other body part. Head out for a stroll while you can still do so without loading up a stroller and an overstuffed diaper bag.
Â 6. Take a nap: Who knows, your future might be full of little cat naps (or more likely, just daydreams of sleep). Whatâ€™s different now is that your slumber will not be interrupted by a crying baby, and thatâ€™s something youâ€™re not going to be able to say for a long time.
Â 7. Buy yourself something: Nowâ€™s the time to treat yourself to something youâ€™ve been wanting. Most moms put their material wants and needs on the back burner once their baby arrives, so get yourself something your heart truly desires now! Think of it as a pre-push present to yourself.
How will you pamper yourself during those countdown weeks?
Katie Quirk Dunyon is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.