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Last Month Of Pregnancy Checklist

Your world is about to be changed forever! Anticipating the coming of your new little one is exciting, but if you are a first time mom, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. No worries mom-to-be, you’ve got this.  Here is a checklist from some veteran moms to help you get through those last month jitters.

Treat Yourself!

Whether you feel most relaxed reading a book, getting a massage, or getting a mani/pedi,  do something that makes YOU happy. Many moms suggest taking the time to do something for yourself as a woman, before you become mom. It may be a while before you get a chance to have some alone time.

Pack a Bag for You and Baby

The moment could come at any time and you’ll want one less thing to worry about. When you give yourself a few days to pack your bag, you’re less likely to forget something. Using a hospital bag checklist can also ensure you’re bringing along everything you need to make your hospital or birthing center experience as comfortable as possible.

Plan a Babymoon

It’s hard to know when the next time the two of you will have quality one on one time. Take advantage of these last few peaceful weeks by doing things you both enjoy.  Planning a weekend away is a great way to kick off this new season of parenthood.

Schedule Newborn Photos

Trust us- you do not want to try and find a photographer when you haven’t slept in days. Ask friends for recommendations, get quotes, and set a date!  Many photographers suggest doing newborn photos in the first two weeks of life. If you plan to have a photographer joining you during delivery, you’ll want to plan at least 3 weeks ahead so he or she can be on call for the big day.

Play Around with Your Baby’s Gear

The last thing you want to do is figure out how the car seat should fit when you’re having contractions. Set up all of your gear and play around with the buttons, straps, handles, and ways that it can fold.  Being comfortable with how everything works will be so handy when you’re holding baby in one hand and trying to unfold the stroller in the other.

Do a Load of Laundry

While it may seem silly, many mom’s forgot to wash their newborns clothes. Having the peace of mind that you and baby both have something to wear for the first week home from the hospital is just one less thing you have to worry about during those 2 am feedings. Babies often need their clothes washed in gentle detergent, but be careful- not all of those sweet outfits will fit! We suggest washing only a few and leaving tags on the rest.

Run to the Grocery Store

Just like doing laundry, this is one of those weekly chores that seems like a no brainer. But while you may be use to stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies, think about foods that will be easy to eat one handed, in the middle of the night. Granola bars, trail mix, and pretzels all make great go-to snacks.

Prepare Freezer Meals

Because who wants to think about meals when they’re getting up every two hours?  There are tons of easy to make ahead meals that require little to no effort to prepare. Dig out that old crock pot and thank the Lord for this beautiful piece of technology.

The long awaited day will be here before you know it. Congratulations from all of us here at Promise Prenatal.  You were made for this!

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Did you run inside your house to grab your forgotten keys, only to forget what you came inside for?  You may have a case of momnesia, more often referred to as, “pregnancy brain”.

But is there really such a thing?

Talk to any pregnant woman and she may convince you that, yes, pregnancy brain is real! However, there is conflicting research done on the topic.  Helen Christensen of The Australian National University says,  “The evidence from our study shows that the capacity of the brain is unaltered in pregnancy”, but we’re not fully convinced.  There are many other changes that occur during pregnancy that can cause a woman to feel a little less on top of things, even if there is no actual change in the brain.

It’s obviously 100% normal and expected to forget a few things here and there when you are running on little sleep, working with a crowded schedule, and growing a baby.  As your body adjusts to satisfying it’s newest passenger, things are sure to get hectic. Your hormones are trying to balance out and priorities are shifting.  Hormones can also affect spatial memory (the part of the brain that remembers where things are) in pregnant women and new moms. And believe it or not your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester of pregnancy which could have something to do with why you’re so forgetful!

What can help, you ask?

Taking Omega-3 for pregnancy (containing EPA and DHA) can help keep your hormones balanced, as well as aid in brain function. Research shows EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) supports the heart, immune system, brain, eyes, and central nervous system; which is why it’s uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women.  The right amount of Omega-3 is essential to maintaining the balanced production of the hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help regulate many important functions in your body including blood pressure, nerve transmission and the production of other hormones.

Another practical tip to help with your momnesia, is try writing things down. Whether you’re a list maker, chart developer, or just need to jot it down, research shows that when women write down the things they need to do, they are more likely to accomplish those tasks.

But most importantly have fun with it! You may never get to have another plausible excuse as to why you left your keys in the freezer.

Summer heat

Surviving the summer is hard enough.  But add a baby bump into the mix, and you might start feeling like you are an actual oven baking your bun!  Here are a few ways you can survive the summertime and make the most of your pregnancy.

Stay Hydrated

It’s hard enough during your pregnancy to make sure you are getting enough water; let alone replacing what you’ve lost due to dehydration.  You should try to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily; but if you’re out in the heat, you may need more.  Doctor’s suggest for every hour you are in the heat, drink an additional 8 ounces to help replenish your system.

Sick of water?  Try juices that are low in sugar, iced decaf coffee, or even homemade popsicles.  If you’re using Promise Prenatal Vitamins, you can open the capsule and add the contents to a smoothie!

Kick up Your Heels

As your pregnancy continues, you may experience swelling in your legs and feet.  The summer heat only compounds this issue.  Try to prop your legs up whenever, and however, you can!  Not enough?  Try dipping your legs into cool water, or place ice packs on them if the pain persists.  Doctor’s also suggest reducing the amount of sodium in your diet will help ease swelling.  Still swollen?  Have hubby grab some lotion (peppermint feels great) and get to work massaging those legs.

Find a Watering Hole

Show off that cute baby bump and find a pool to dip in.  Whether it’s a kiddy pool, or an Olympic sized pool, swimming helps reduce your body temperature when it’s hot outside.  Not only does it cool you down, but the weightlessness you’ll feel will help relieve any aches or pains.

Cabin Fever?

Sick of staying cooped up in your house all day?
Go check out you local art gallery.  Wander around the mall.  Watch the newest released movie.  Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stay home!  Explore your city, and see what indoors attractions you can find.

Lightweight clothing

Find cute styles in breathable, light colored clothing.  Cotton and linen help keep your body cool, all while preventing sweat, which can gather in uncomfortable areas and cause rashes.

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