Due dates aren’t set in stone. Hopefully you know that. They are guesses that fall in the middle of a range of dates during which your baby will most likely arrive. However, once you go past that “guess date”, things can get tough emotionally, physically, even socially. Maybe you’re tired, you have’t been sleeping, your want your body back, and friends, family, and other people might just be rude about the whole deal. Here are some tips for staying sane until the baby comes:
- Change your voicemail and screen your phone calls. Make sure the voicemail message says that you have not had the baby yet, but to leave a message if they would like to talk about something that is not baby-related.
- Ban all bad birth stories. The very second anyone tries to tell you anything about their experiences, or the experience of someone they know, stop them and ask, ‘Is this is a good story or a negative one?” If they say it’s a good one, let them continue. If it’s not a positive story, politely say you’re trying to avoid negativity and you’d love to hear the story after your own baby is born.
- Pamper yourself. Go for a massage. Take that nap. Go to the library and check out the trashiest books you can find. The point is to stay as happy and distracted as you can until baby shows up.
- Go out on a date with your partner. You might not have time to go on a date sans baby for a very long time, so do it now. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but since you have the time, take the time. Enjoy each other’s company.
- Spend some special time with your kids. If you already have a child or two, maybe spend some special one on one time with each child. Again, since you have the time, take the time to connect with your kids before the new baby arrives.
- Get your car seat inspected.
- Go to a breastfeeding support group. You’ll find a room full of sympathetic ears, plus you might get some good breastfeeding info to boot!
Those are my tips. If you have any to share, plug them in the comment section below!