The end of the pregnancy quickly approaches. You’ve experienced the first few months and the joys that they have brought as you might find out the gender of your baby and feeling your baby move around for the first time. The last trimester is filled with many changes in how the body feels and how you might feel as a couple and as a family. The following pieces of advice can be used whether you’re expecting your first baby or your fifth.
Being in the home stretch means that you’re probably uncomfortable and always tired. Use the last trimester to rest as much as possible. If you already have children at home, try to spend time with them in a relaxing manner, such as reading a book, enjoying aromatherapy, or playing a board game. Prop your legs on a chair when you can, and avoid exerting yourself unnecessarily. You should also make sure your clothes are loose enough that they aren’t uncomfortable, but that they still give you enough support.
As a couple, you need to support each other, as pregnancy is a great way to bond with each other. There will likely be questions that both of you have for each other about the changes that your body will experience and who will take on some of the challenges of the first few days and weeks after your baby is home. Talk to each other to address any fears that you have so that you are on the same page about everything from feeding to changing diapers to getting up in the middle of the night. Go out on a date once a week to spend time together, or enjoy a movie one evening so that you don’t lose the love that you share.
The Nesting Process
When the time draws near for the delivery of your baby, you will probably want to begin making sure everything is neat and in order in the nursery and other areas of the home. This is considered nesting and is very common for mothers and fathers. This is usually a sign that labor is only a short time away because you want to make sure the diapers are in their right place or the clothes are just where they should be so that your baby has a safe place to come home to after leaving the hospital. Additionally, you might want to start seeing what foods you should be stocking up on or eating in preparation for breastfeeding, as it does have an impact on your baby.
Things can get expensive when you’re expecting. If you work outside of the home, then you’re going to need to take some time off for maternity leave. Some companies pay employees the same amount that they would receive while working. If you have vacation time, then use this first so that you do have some income for at least a week or two. In most situations, you’ll need to rearrange your budget to fit only one income instead of two for the time that you’re going to be out of work.
Pack Your Bags
Make sure your hospital bag is packed. Take comfortable clothes to the hospital for both you and the father. You should also pack a few toiletries such as bath wash or shampoo, because the hospital is not a hotel and they don’t provide these things. Take a deck of cards or a book as well to pass the time during labor before the baby arrives. Remember, not all hospitals have the best labor and delivery or maternity care, so it’s important to read reviews and compare birth injury statistics. The last thing you want to start this exciting next phase of your life is a medical malpractice suit due to birth injury.
The delivery of a baby is a joyous experience for most couples. Try to focus on spending time together before your baby arrives. Plan ahead so that everyone in the family knows what to expect to make the transition to a larger family as easy as possible.