After some eight months, you’ve finally hit full term. You’ve just about had it with the extra 10kg of weight, constant need to pee, water retention, endless kegels, mid-of-night cravings, mood swings, Braxton Hicks, and…
Sometimes being pregnant can feel like you’re running a full marathon. Huff…puff…”When am I going to reach that finishing line?”
As I write, I’m painfully aware of the moment. I watched two mummies get admitted yesterday for labour, and I could only look on with envy.
I know it’s silly, but this kind of belly-heavy-emotions just can’t help it. Particularly if you stare at your swollen shape everyday…
So, I’ve been looking out for ways to distract myself while I wait. Here’s how I try to make my days go by quicker:
- Spend quality time with your older kids, at the same time preparing them (or better still, involving them) for the arrival of the baby
- Read motherhood forum pages / parenting websites and blogs which you’ve always been keen to dive into. If you’re a first time parent, this is a good time to store up practical information on stuff like breastfeeding, storing breast milk, caring for newborns, etc.
- Schedule a meal / coffee with friends (or colleagues if you’re like me…already started maternity leave)
What are some ways you distract yourself in THE BIG WAIT?