Last minute pre-baby tips?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BlueEyes222:  We’re due in May so we still have a long way to go but we want to get in one last weekend get-a-way before the baby comes.

Post # 4
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely enjoy your time with just you and DH – we had a few last date nights and also a weekend away mid-pregnancy. When baby comes it can be hard to find the time to be husband and wife aside from mom and dad. I constantly felt like I missed my husband in the beginning, even though he was home with me for the first 3 weeks! Aside from DH – go out with friends. We saw our friends in the hospital and they would stop by when we got home, but you won’t be able to go out for dinner, etc. for awhile! In the beginning they pretty much sleep, eat, poop and cry when they aren’t sleeping or eating. There’s little calm and awake time! It’s hard to go out for dinner/to a friend’s house hoping the baby will stay asleep. I feel like it was around 8 weeks when we started to feel more comfortable going out with her!

Sleep as much as you can! I know how hard sleep is at the end of pregnancy, and you hear this all the time, but seriously. Sleep. Even though my daughter is now a fantastic sleeper, the first couple of weeks were rough!!

Enjoy everytime that baby kicks you! Really remember the feeling. That is the one thing I miss about being pregnant and regret thinking “AAHHHHH CALM DOWN BABY!” instead of just enjoying it.

Finally, get excited! These last 10 weeks with my daughter have been the most amazing of my life. The overwhelming love I feel when she smiles at me, or calms down instantly when handed to me, or really just look at her so far outweighs the difficulties of having a newborn. You are in for so much joy!

Post # 5
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not due until April 3.  I’d at least go have one night out.  Have a nice dinner, maybe half a glass of wine (personal choice there!).  Try to get one night out just the two of you since you won’t have one for a little while.  Maybe go see a movie or something else harder to do with an infant.  Sleep in as much as you can.

Post # 6
2727 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with @FloridaGatorBride (we had our babies close). Do as much as you can with DH or friends before the baby comes. Get things set around the house as much as possible, bc you won’t feel like doing too much after. Rest as much as you can. ENjoy the movements! It feels so weird for a while without baby in there. 

No matter how much advice you get, you still don’t know what to expect!

It is so awesome and worth everything to have the baby here!

Post # 7
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

~Prepare meals that can be frozen so you have a good meal when you can’t cook.

~Do a huge grocery shopping trip. Paper towels, TP, shampoo, cereals, DW detergent. Basically… purchase any non-perishables in bulk, if you can. If you have freezer space… stock up on meat.

Enjoy these last few weeks as well as when your baby comes!

Post # 8
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Spend time with DH.

Take a bath!! No baths with va-jay stitches!

Get your hair/nails done!

Sleep sleep sleep!!


Post # 9
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Thank you for posting this. I’m commenting to follow since I’m 28 days away from my induction date. 

Post # 12
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’m due super soon, too. We’re trying to have “us” time and enjoy the quiet while we can. We’ve also seen a lot of movies– there’s a theater here with really comfy seats, so I’ve managanged to make it my whole pregnancy. We’re seeing Catching Fire this weekend, if I haven’t birthed her yet. 

Pampering yourself is also something I think is nice. I’m getting a mani/pedi for some relaxation time. I wish they’d really rub my legs, though (I know feet can induce labor, but give my calves a break!), but they seem afraid of the belly. Nice, nonethless. I also figure this will help me feel a little more human once she’s here. 

We’re taking lots of pictures, too. We’re one and done, so this is the only time I’ll be huge. 

Post # 13
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@BlueEyes222:  my gf just had her baby last night but she’s been doing all those things you won’t want to think about or have time to- oil change, Christmas shop, hair cut…

for fun we have a couple of movies we want to see, we had a weekend away at around 27w, spending QT with the dog (laaaaame, but he’s the current baby) and just trying to relax!

Post # 14
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

-Try to make sure all of your laundry is clean and put away before you give birth.. lol Or have somone who can do that for you while you are in the hospital.

-Like another poster mentioned, enjoy and remember every kick and how they felt.

-Even if the sleep you are getting now is less than perfect, enjoy it. Lay in bed a little longer and just feel the warmth of your bedsheets..

-cuddle with DH on the sofa. Go out for a meal together.

-get little things done around the house beforehand. The day I was getting induced, we were stocking wood away in our shed for the winter. lol I literally got my gel inserted, went back home, started putting wood in the shed, went back 6 hours later for my second dose.. it probably really helped my labour actually. Once I did start contracting, I was only 6 hours to birthing.

We also made sure the oil was changed, yard was clean, cars were cleaned, house was cleaned, I was as organized as humanly possible (cupboards, closets, etc).

-If you have pets, bring and extra blanket to the hospital, so your DH can bring it back home and let them sniff it to get familiar with the smell of the baby. Maybe even pack them a treat to give them when you all come home, so it’s a happy meeting.

-Also, no matter how good you feel post-partum, take it easy. I felt pretty great after having my baby, and was grocery shopping, just me and baby, within like, 7 days of the birth. I was cleaning the house, cooknig supper, all that. It probably wasn’t such a good idea, as I ended up making my bleeding increase again…it all caught up to me and I was on my ass for quite a few days. Don’t try to be super-mommy! Take it easy 🙂



Post # 15
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Commenting to follow some great ideas here I hadn’t considered!

Post # 16
2727 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I also agree about getting freezer meals ready. I did some freezer crockpot meals, so allyou had to do was toss it in there.

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