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When you’re down to those last few weeks before your due date, waiting for baby can feel like an eternity away! Of course, it doesn’t help that you feel as large as a barn and you toss and turn all through the night. I’m writing this post at 39 weeks pregnant, so it’s no surprise that this topic has been on my mind. “How many days left…??” Here are some tips to help you get through the last month of pregnancy!
6 Tips to Survive the Last Month of Pregnancy
1. Snack Before Bed – During the last month of pregnancy, I always feel hungry come the middle of the night if I don’t eat a nice filling snack before bed. Yogurt is a great option as it’s not heavy in your stomach when you head to bed but gives you a nice boost to make it through the night. Having that extra snack before bed helps me sleep better, too – a definite plus! I also keep a few healthy snacks like crackers or granola bars in my night stand. That way, should hunger keep me tossing and turning at 3 am, I can grab a snack on one of my nightly potty breaks and then head back to sleep.
2. Loads of Pillows – Pillows are always our friend during pregnancy. I’ve found that a few key pillows tucked all around me help me fall right back asleep when I do toss and turn at night. I use one for my head, one between my knees, and pillows both in front and behind me. That way, when it’s time to roll over I don’t have to drag my pillows with me to support the growing baby.
3. Pack Your Hospital Bag – Preparing your hospital bag helps fuel your excitement for your brand new arrival. Plus, you’ll be ready to go, no matter when those contractions start! Keep a diaper bag loaded with two outfits for baby, a change of clothes for you, and some essentials that will keep you comfy during labor like socks, chapstick, a hair tie, mp3 player, and mints.
4. Go for Comfy – Don’t stress about dressing to impress your last month of pregnancy – especially if you plan to bum around your home. By my 9th month of pregnancy, I’m usually pulling out hubby’s PJ bottoms and big t-shirts to lounge around the home in. Scrubs are also a great option as they have a drawstring waist that won’t be too tight on your belly.
5. Lots and Lots of Water! It can be hard to get in water when you’re feeling tired and especially if you’re swollen. However, keeping hydrated is absolutely essential! If your lips or nose start feeling dry – that’s a clear indicator that you need more water daily! It helps to chug a tall glass in a short sitting so you don’t have to take as many trips to the bathroom.
6. Gather Essentials – Get all of your newborn essentials ready and waiting for baby at home. This includes installing an infant car seat in your car, grabbing a few packs of newborn diapers, washing and putting away the baby clothes, and gathering swaddling blankets. Keep your eyes out for free sample cans of formula. It’s a good idea to have a small can on hand in case you struggle to breastfeed. Getting all your last minute details prepared will give your nesting bug something to do.
Similac can help you prepare through those last weeks of pregnancy and your infant’s first year of life with their Similac StrongMoms free program! The program offers sample formula, coupons, and goodies along with nutrition guides to help ease the transition to being a new mommy.
You can pick up a special Similac Third Trimester OB gift at participating OB offices across the country that includes breast milk storage bottles, a cute tote bag to help you prepare for the hospital, an Art of Feeding guide, and more!
Don’t forget to ask for your Free Similac Messenger Bag at the hospital when your baby arrives! The messenger comes loaded with samples and offers and can be reused to store your baby essentials.
The Similac StrongMoms program also gives you a free Shutterfly Storytelling Collection photo book (a $35 value) and coupons for Similac formula through your baby’s first year.
What are your tips to make it through the last weeks of pregnancy?
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