Time is so precious and your little one will be here soon enough. Then you’ll have trouble imagining life before they arrived.
Triple check your birth plan
Your birth plan is a crucial document, especially if you’re going to be asking for choices that aren’t routine practice or are less common. You have time now to research any choices you’re not sure about – Vitamin K shots, cord clamping and how you want to deliver your placenta commonly get overlooked. Discuss it with your birth partner and midwife then when you’re happy, print out some copies to put in your notes. The best way to make sure it becomes a reality is for your birth partner to know it so well, it doesn’t need to be looked at all that often. Again, now’s the time to get familiar with it and your choices.
Spend quality time as a couple
Although the later stages of pregnancy can seem endless, there is definitely much more chill time now than there will be on the other side. Spending as much as you can with your partner is a great idea. For now, you’re still a couple, not mum and dad as well as a couple. Some quality time can also help reassure each other that although a huge change is coming, the basics of your relationship and how you feel about one another are still solid. Any fears or worries that come up are much easier to discuss without a layer of sleep deprivation on top.
I so wish someone was there to give me this kind of advice. I wouldn’t say I wasted my final weeks of being just me but I certainly didn’t enjoy them as much as I could. Time is so precious and your little one will be here soon enough. Then you’ll have trouble imagining life before they arrived.
Hannah is a KG hypnobirthing teacher, mama, writer and feminist. She’s passionate about women’s and children’s health, and runs hmhypnobirthing.co.uk, helping parents to be in south London plan for empowering, confident births. She can also be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.