When you’re pregnant you spend forty whole weeks preparing for that baby. You paint the nursery, wash all the tiny clothes, and pack your bags. You spend forty weeks counting down to meet that sweet little one. Then week forty arrives! The due date is officially here and you’re more than ready! And if you’re anything like me you still have to wait…and then wait some more.
Did you know the average first pregnancy lasts 41 weeks?! After lots of brainstorming I’ve put together a list of five things to do if you go past your due date. These things are probably not items that were already on your to-do list, so I hope you find them helpful while you pass the time!
*Disclaimer: If you can, forget the to-do list and rest! BUT, if you’re anything like me having projects makes the time go by faster and impatient was an understatement by the time my due date arrived! I was too uncomfortable to rest and staying busy was my go-to.
*Disclaimer 2: I purposely made this blog post for the “first time mom.” If you’re a second time mom and you’re wrangling a toddler or two while you’re forty weeks pregnant just skip on down to number five. 😉
- Stock Your Freezer
This is number one on my list because it was an absolute lifesaver for me! Every time I cooked dinner toward the end of pregnancy I would double or triple the recipe and put it in my freezer for later. I was so thankful to have days during the newborn haze where I didn’t have to think about groceries or dinner. Soups are my “go-to” freezer favorites and I love freezing them in giant mason jars. You could even spend an entire day making meals to freeze for the next month. Pinterest is your friend on this one and has so many great links like 20 Make Ahead Dinners for Busy Moms.
2. Prep For Baby Announcements
If you are planning on sending out birth announcements there are so many things you can do to prep for those and save time later when you can actually snuggle that baby! I’ve teamed up with Basic Invite (my favorite company to work with for announcements) to share a few ideas on how you can work ahead:
- Collect Addresses. One of the main reasons I love Basic Invite is because of their address capturing service. You can share a custom link through email, facebook, Instagram, or any other social media to collect addresses from your friends and family.
- Choose your template. You can actually customize it! They have over 180 colors to choose from for every template so you can match it to any photo you choose later on!
- Book a photoshoot. If you’re choosing to get newborn pictures taken, make sure you check that scheduling off the list before the baby arrives!
- Order stamps. Basic Invite doesn’t charge to return address labeling so you’ll already have that part covered!
3. Get Extra Organized
Here are three ways to be EXTRA organized that you may not have thought of already:
- Put a basket or tub in the baby’s closet to throw items in that they out grow. I have one of these in both of my own babies’ closets and it saves me so much time! When they fill up I know it’s time to organize it and pack some away.
- Make a diaper changing caddy. Fill a basket with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, burp rags, and whatever else you may need around the house. That way you can carry it room to room when you need it and you’re not having to jump up and down to grab supplies during recovery! This was especially helpful to have in our master bedroom during the 2am feeds when I didn’t want to walk across the house.
- Get a plastic tub or box to throw special sentimental items in that you will start collecting. Each of my own babies have a special chest in their closet where I put things like hospital bracelets, special outfits, school art, and more.
4. Start A Baby Book
Fun fact: my babies are over a year old and I still have not started their baby book. It’s never too soon to start checking this off your list if it’s something that’s important to you! Most baby books have information about pregnancy and the newborn hospital stay. You could even have the hospital nurse stamp their foot in the baby book at the same time as their birth certificate. My personal favorites are “Promptly Journals” and I have two sitting in a closet that I promise I will get to SOMEDAY!
5. Pamper Yourself
Take full advantage of this time and spoil yourself during the wait! Did you know a prenatal massage can actually help to induce labor? Worth a try, I’d say! 😉 But really, treat yourself to something at least once a day as a reward for waiting! Go get a pedicure, get a massage, get your nails done, get your hair done, and make your husband take you on dinner dates of your choice. You deserve it after a long forty long weeks!