What NOT to Do During the Final Month of Pregnancy?

You are getting closer to finally seeing your baby. It has been an exciting journey and you are counting the days when you can meet the person you’ve been carrying around for months. You have been cautious about your health and nutrition the last two trimesters, and the last one is no exception, particularly the last month of pregnancy.

The last month

This is an exhausting month, both mentally and physically. Standing up can be quite challenging and walking might prove to be a rather difficult activity. The “torture” doesn’t end there as sleep can be troublesome with a big belly.

But the hardest part is just waiting for your child to arrive. The last few weeks of pregnancy can feel as if your baby is ready to come out, but they end up not doing so. This can be torture for you, but there are some things you can do to feel better:

  • Go swimming

Pregnancy swimming

This is a great activity, particularly in the summer. It allows you to cool off and the feeling of weightlessness can help you relax. Swimming also counts as physical activity, which is really important for your body. Getting enough activity throughout your pregnancy can help you during labor.

  • Do Kegel exercises

Strong pelvic muscles can help out a lot during labor and doing these exercises throughout your pregnancy can provide just that.

  • Entertain yourself

Having a newborn baby means focusing a lot of your attention on them. As a result, you tend to neglect the usual things you do for entertainment. So try to read as many books as you can, hang out with friends, or watch or stream movies or series on Netflix or any other similar service. Basically, do everything that delights you because your time to do those things will be very limited once your kid arrives.

  • Let older children know what’s going on

If this is not your first child, then you have to keep older children in the loop. It’s important to make them feel like they are a part of the entire process. Keep talking to them about what will happen in the next few months and years. Make sure you spend time with them as much as possible before the birth of the new baby. And give them some tasks related to the newborn baby (like putting away laundry) so they don’t feel neglected.

  • Get everything ready

Make sure you have everything you need for the baby even before it arrives. Doing this avoids many hassles once child is out of hospital. One of the top priorities is making sure the hospital bag is stocked and ready.

The don’ts of the ninth month

There are things you should be doing in the last month, but for every do, there should be things you’re not supposed to do. For the last month, you should avoid the following:

  • Being stressed

You have a ton of things to do before the baby arrives – that goes with pregnancy. Not only that, you might be suffering physically as well thanks to a growing belly that is changing your body. But you should not allow the stress of planning for your baby’s arrival to consume you. As suggested above, do things that entertain you.

  • Strenuous physical activity

While it is important for you to get enough exercise to help with childbirth, overexerting yourself is not one of them. Simple and relaxing exercises will do, even if all you can do is walks around the block or park.

  • Doing things too quickly

You need to take your time with everything. If walking too slowly at the mall made you concerned about the people behind you, that shouldn’t be your problem when pregnant. Keep in mind that you have to be careful at all times so if that means walking as slowly as you can and taking all the time you need, then do that.

  • Smoking

Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to give birth to a child with a lower birth weight. Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk for a child to have learning disabilities.

  • Drinking alcohol

Alcohol can impact the development of your baby. Your child can have fetal alcoholic syndrome if you drink while pregnant. Symptoms of FAS include learning disabilities, behavior problems, low birth weight, and late growth and development.

The last month of pregnancy can be a stressful time, but it’s an exciting one as well. It’s best to keep in mind the things you should and shouldn’t do for a healthy and safe pregnancy.

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Jennifer Shackelford

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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