You’re on the homestretch to finally meeting your baby. You’re probably feeling really excited but a little nervous and you may be worried you’ll have nothing to do when you finish up work. Which is to be expected if you’ve spent the last few years or decades working. You’ll have your hands (and heart) full very soon so use the last few weeks of your pregnancy doing what you love and preparing your heart and your head for your baby. Here’s my top 10 tips:
You may be having trouble sleeping right now so invest in rest. Resting will help you conserve your energy for labour and produces oxytocin, the hormone responsible for inducing labour, delivering your placenta, shrinking your uterus after birth, your milk let down and bonding with your baby. Yoga Nidra (or guided deep relaxation) is very beneficial for you and your baby right now. To find out more and get my free download, click HERE
2. GO ON A DATE
Spending quality time with your partner helps to produce oxytocin. Go to your favourite restaurant, eat your favourite food and enjoy uninterrupted conversation. Then go home and make love. Making love and orgasm produces oxytocin and semen is a natural prostaglandin which will help to soften and thin your cervix before contractions begin.
3. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR BEST GIRL FRIENDS
Spending time with your best girlfriends- talking, laughing and feeling seen and heard- boosts oxytocin which counters stress and has a calming effect.
4. WATCH A ROMCOM AT THE MOVIES
Watching a feel good movie and laughter boosts oxytocin and it may be the last adult movie you see for a while or a movie in its entirety.
5. SPEND TIME IN NATURE
Spending time in nature helps to relieve any stress and anxiety you may be feeling about your upcoming labour and birth or the changes that lie ahead. Observing the beauty in nature helps you to trust in the natural process of labour and birth and helps you embody the belief that your body is perfectly designed for birth. Float in the ocean, watch the sunrise or sunset, go for a short beach or bush walk or sit in the sun in your backyard.
6. BATCH COOK AND FREEZE MEAL
Make a list of your favourite meals and plan to make them over the coming weeks. Eating your favourite meals boosts oxytocin which helps with breastfeeding. Make double batches and then you can eat one and freeze the other for after birth. Otherwise, ask your best friend to organise a Fill Your Freezer Party where you throw a party and your friends and family cook meals together for your postpartum. Alternatively, create a Meal Train so you can ask and schedule your family and friends to cook a meal for you or organise home delivery.
7. ORGANISE A CLEANER
The first 40 Days after birth in traditional cultures is a sacred window of time for rest, recovery, getting to know your baby and learning to breastfeed. As a newborn mother, you have permission to take time off any household chores including cooking, cleaning and washing. Ask your family and friends to help and hire a cleaner once a week or fortnight so you can rest and focus on boosting your oxytocin to help with breastfeeding and bonding.
8. CREATE A FEEDING SANCTUARY
Set up a space in your home where you can retreat after birth your baby to boost oxytocin to help with bonding and breastfeeding. Read more here
9. SET UP YOUR LABOUR CIRCUIT
Labour at home for as long as you can. In your last few weeks of pregnancy, set up your “Labour Circuit”. This may consist of a birthing ball, yoga mat, chair, yoga bolster or cushions/ pillows, a wall clear of furniture and a birthing pool or bath. As you approach your due date, practise using this equipment. Choose positions which allow you to be in an upright position to make the most of gravity to help with the descent of your baby. Choose comfortable positions to rest in between contractions.
10. PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Double check you have everything you need to take to hospital with you when it’s finally time to meet your baby. For my Natural Hospital Bag Check List, Click Here
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