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8 Things I Wish I had Done Differently in my Last Month of Pregnancy

By Katie |

I’m still here, still enormously pregnant. My due date has come and gone and the baby has not. This mystifies me, mostly because I was assured I would be having an April baby, but also because the last month has been, unquestionably, the longest month of my life. Honestly, how I am only 2 days overdue is a completely mystery to me because it feels like I’m about 2 months overdue. And yet.

I imagined that finishing my clinical and being on maternity leave would be this glorious time of relaxation and rest for a few weeks before the baby arrived, but now that I’ve been on leave for a month and the baby still isn’t here, I’m realizing that this month could’ve been so much more than I’ve made of it. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed it, but I think I set myself up for the restlessness and disappointment of an overdue baby.

And I’m going to suggest that you learn from me. These are the 8 things I’d do differently if I could re-do my last month of pregnancy:

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Making the Most of the Last Month of Pregnancy

Take a Few Days Off

After finishing 14 weeks of intense and physical work, I think that I needed a few days of nothing but rest. Lots of sleeping and sitting. I don't regret those first few days at all, but I probably would've capped the sloth routine at maybe a week.

If there was anything you could do differently in late pregnancy, what would it be?

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10 thoughts on “8 Things I Wish I had Done Differently in my Last Month of Pregnancy

  1. Britt says:

    The worry thing is so hard. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was spotting, so of course I was freaking out. Things turned out to be just fine, but I remember asking my midwife if I had any restrictions (thinking pelvic rest, etc.). She said, yes, I had just one restriction – no internet. And it’s true, the less time I’ve spent on the internet this pregnancy, the more relaxed I’ve been. But the lure of Google is often so strong!

    Good luck to you, and more than likely, I bet you’ll regret less about the last month when the baby gets here. Maybe what you honestly needed was a month of self-focused sloth so that you know that’s not so fun for you. That way, when the baby arrives, and you can’t have that, you won’t be wishing for it as much!

  2. Kathleen Ojo says:

    Oh gosh, reading that was like looking into my future. I have a long family history of overdue babies, and while I know that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for a long pregnancy. I’m only at 28 weeks and just starting to feel big to the point where it’s uncomfortable… not looking forward to July!

    Here’s wishing you a wonderful and safe delivery (sometime soon!)

    http://onwardinward.blogspot.com/

  3. CJ says:

    In the same situation… The way things was going at first we thought I would be having a premie, but she never came and now I’m over due. I read that a over due baby has double the chance of being a still born. So I have been freaking out for days… I just lost my midwife so I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have tried a few things hoping to start labor, but as soon as anything starts it stops. Actually today I tried 3 things that supposedly starts labor and like I said as soon as it started it stopped. I just hope everything will be fine and that things happen soon so I can stop stressing.
    Sorry… I hope things will happen for you too and that you and your family will be blessed and healthy.

  4. Meg says:

    “Chopped” is still a pretty great and easy to follow show with a newborn, at least for me :)

  5. Beth says:

    You can still read when you have a baby. It’s called Kindle and Kindle apps. Hell, I have a 3 and 6 year old and the only way I get things read is on a device. My kids see me pick up a book and assume that means story time. I’m not sure, but I don’t think Scholarship Reconsidered was what they had in mind, you know? I do know that a friend of mine studied for her master’s comps after the birth of her first baby by reading the books to her baby. That baby is graduating from an IB program in June, so I can’t say that it hurt her any.

  6. Renee says:

    Wow can I relate! I was due May 1st and still holding on! My baby is getting big and no signs that she wants to come out yet! I just started Maternity leave Monday, and trying to figure out things to do! I go for a daily walk and take naps daily, other than that, not sure what to do! Hang in there! I know it’s not easy, times definitely doesn’t fly by when you are over due (or even the last month before you due date!!!)

  7. Erin says:

    Thank you for this! I’m at 23 weeks and want to make sure that I make the most out of this time. I’m book marketing this for a reminder when it is August and all I can do is sit and dwell about when she will arrive.

  8. renea says:

    I can relate to that. I have . Each pregnancy harder and longer than the one before. But my first baby I carried 8 days late. And my last one I carried 1 month late. But nothing will cause u to go into labor early without stressing the baby inside you. But at least u know u will not carry past 43 weeks. But carrying a baby past due like that can be dangerous but my last baby was fine. There was a not in the cord but I was under a lot of stress BC my husband just had his accident. But my baby was healthy 10 lbs and 2 different eye color’s in one eye. Its awsome. so just know it will be fine. All of mine turned out really healthy whether they were on time late or even a couple days early.

  9. Amanda says:

    i was told over and over my son was going to be huge and id probably go early …yeah i ended up 4 days over due!

  10. Annette says:

    I can totally relate! i was due April 26th, and thought for sure i was having an April baby. My little girl had other plans, i was induced on the 7th and had my new baby girl May 8th, on her big sister’s 4th birthday! What are the odds!

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