Waiting for labor
The due date is approaching - and then it passes. Everyone is calling, texting, writing you facebook messages, and asking, “when is your baby coming?” You are so excited to meet your kiddo and it feels like you’ve been pregnant forever and a day. Maybe all the moms from yoga or your birth class have had their babies - and it seems like everyone “went early” besides you. The average date a first time mama has her baby is actually 8 days past her due date (according to "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer). After working with many mamas who have their baby past their “due date” and being a mom who went a week past mine, I started compiling lists of ideas for time passers as you wait for labor to begin. This can be helpful at anytime in the waiting game, not just if you’re past your due date!
Get out a calendar and plan something "fun" or new every day of the week until you reach 42 weeks. Here are some suggestions:
~Write a list of your favorite restaurants - get out a calendar and plan a meal out to them every couple of days until 42 weeks. That way, you have something fun to look forward to and whenever your babe makes his or her grand appearance - you'll never be happier to miss a meal.
~Rent (or hulu/netflix) a tv series you've wanted to see or heard great things about (or a favorite you have on hand) and watch a couple each day.
~Get a pedicure or manicure. Check out Groupon or LivingSocial for deals - or head to the Aveda Institute on University Ave if you’re on a budget
~The Chazen Museum of Art is free and is open Tues-Sun on UW-Madison’s campus
~Get a massage ( I highly recommend Kate Block - she is one of our MDC doulas and a licensed massage therapist. Her number is 608-577-0733. She does 90 minute massages for $70 and is incredibly talented). Also, Katie Gletty-Syoen at BellyMassage is an amazing practitioner that I hear fantastic comments about!
~Make some meals and freeze them
~Go to a pool and enjoy being weightless! (and if your water breaks there - no biggie!)
~Do a belly cast (you can buy kits at Happy Bambino)
~Get safe paints and decorate your belly
~Go for a tour at the Babcock Dairy on campus - and grab some ice cream while you’re there. Yum!
~Tie die onesies or socks...or anything you have on hand
~Make some herbal postpartum pads and freeze them for postpartum healing (pour 1 Tbsp witch hazel (alcohol free), a few drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 Tbsp aloe juice (not the gel - the beverage) on each pad and freeze. Or, buy postpartum herbs and make a “tea” from them and pour on the pads.
~Get some chocolate and strawberries - make your own fondue and have a romantic "picnic" on a blanket on the floor of your house
~Get supplies and learn how to knit or crochet or cross stitch if you don't know how
~Check out the events calendar in Madison and go check out a music or art event -
~See a movie
~Buy wooden letters from a craft store and decorate a letter each day (great if you know the baby’s name - but if not just do the entire alphabet and use them later as a decoration for the baby’s room or play room in the future)
~If this is your second (or third, fourth, etc) baby, have your other children make art projects/cards to welcome the new baby
~Put on some lingerie and do some fun photo shoots as a beautiful pregnant mama :)
~Have a Blessingway ceremony
~Make a funny shirt - "Don't even ask..." or "Not finding out" or "T-? till lift off" or "God only knows" :) Wear it to work if your coworkers have been giving you a hard time!
~Has your car had an oil change recently? It's always fun to watch them scramble to get it done fast when you tell them your due date WAS on x day.
~Olbrich Botanical Garden’s indoor conservatory is free on Wednesday morning. If it’s winter, it’s a wonderful place to go and feel like you’re in a tropical paradise.
And the list can go on and on - what are some things you've done while waiting for your babe?
I'm touching base to let you know how wonderful it was to work with you during the birth of Flora's baby and to dance with you at Union South. I htink you may remember that we have opened a new wellness center with a focus on wholitic and complementary services for women! Wisconsin Wellness and Healing Arts www.wisconsinhealingarts.com
Currently the Rainbow Sisters Hope group is meeting here. I'd lover to continue to build our connection. Currently we are offering "Yoga for Fertility" and Pre-natal Yoga. Please share the word and let me know how we can support your program too!