An anticlimactic day followed by the soreness, backache, and swollen ankles you’ve already been dealing with over the last couple weeks.
I’m not going to tell you that,
“Babies come when they’re ready”
“Your due date is just a guess date”
“Relax and enjoy these last few days”
Because, let’s be honest, no amount of affirmations is going to make you feel any better at this point.
You’re feeling overdue and you’re fucking over it.
Pregnancy is hard, physically and emotionally and the last few weeks can be miserable. You can’t find a comfortable position when you feel like a turtle stuck on its back, you’re getting little sleep and feel like you may give a swift kick to the next person who tells you sleep now while you can, and you have no idea when this baby is going to make their appearance and the lack of control over the process is emotionally taxing.
It is ok to feel done, no guilt strings attached. There’s a reason they say the last month of pregnancy lasts approximately 7395 days because it sure feels like it. So what’s a heavily pregnant person to do to make the remaining time pass just a little faster?
We promise. There will be an end and you’re almost there. In the meantime, here are a few things that may serve as a welcome distraction to the end of your pregnancy, as well as the endless texts you’ve been getting asking if baby is here yet.
Date Night: No need to go out! Pick a craving and order in from your favorite restaurant and stay in your comfy clothes. As you chow down, you can joke with your partner about how your next conversations over date night will be much different and likely involve the contents of your baby’s diaper
Catch Up with Friends: Throw on that roomy maxi dress and head out to your favorite coffee spot. Talk, reminisce, and leave the when is the baby coming talk out of it. Then jet over and get some mani pedis together. Be sure to ask the nail tech for a really good foot massage!
Let the Nesting Take Over: Organizing, reorganizing, and preparing for your baby’s arrival can help pass the time. If you can check “have a baby” off your do list, you sure can check off everything else that needs to get done.
Speak with your doctor: If you feel that having a final induction date will help you emotionally, you can speak with your doctor about scheduling one. Posting that final eviction notice can put you at peace, even if it will still be a few weeks out.
This isn’t easy. You’re doing hard things. And you don’t have to relish in it, if you don’t want to.