Ottawa Doulas

Your due date has passed. You’re overdue.

“Have you had the baby yet?”

Your mom calls to ask. Your sister. Your friends. Your coworkers. Even the cashier at the grocery store asks.

Your belly is huge. You’re sore all over. Sleep is elusive. And you have to pee every 5 minutes.

We get it. We’ve been there.¬†And we’ve got some ideas for you.

Things to take your mind off your discomfort. Off the upcoming labour. Things to do just for you in the last days before baby comes.

So take a minute (an hour.. a day) to do something just for you.

10 things to do before baby comes

10 things to do before baby comes

What to do when you’re overdue

1. Get your nails done.

It’s hard reaching those toes so put your feet up and let someone else do the work!

2. Get a massage.

Treat yourself to a prenatal massage from Anna Belanger and Associates. With special tables you can even lie on your tummy. So worth it!

3. Get gelato.

Rumour has it that the spicy chocolate gelato from Stella Luna just might be what kick starts your labour. Even if it doesn’t, who can say no to a sweet treat?

4. Cook.

Make some freezer meals. Your future self will thank you for the healthy meals amid the sometimes chaotic first days and weeks with a newborn.

5. Netflix.

Catch up on that show you never had time for, laugh through a romcom, or get hooked on the trendy Making a Murderer documentary.

6. Get out.

There’s nothing better than getting out of the house to pass the time. Schedule lunch with girlfriends or date night with your partner.

7. Read.

Finish that book you started and probably won’t get a chance to read for a while.

8. Have sex.

They say what got the baby in gets the baby out!

9. Stay off social media.

Lay low and you won’t see the lovely “have you had the baby yet” comments from well-meaning friends. Unless you’re looking for funny cat videos then by all means go find some funny cat videos.

10. Nap.

Sweet sleep. Sleep as much as you can.

No matter when your baby is DUE to arrive, babies come when they’re ready.

Hopefully with these ideas you can make the most of the last days and weeks leading up to the big day.

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