1. Read books on pregnancy or child care
If you haven’t already I recommend picking up a copy of What to Expect While Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. You’ve probably already heard of this one, and there’s good reason for it. This is one of the most helpful guides you will find on the market. There are a lot of other helpful books out there too so dig in!
2. Take up knitting or crochet
With a little one on the way this hobby can be extra rewarding. Baby blankets are an easy place to start and when you’re finished you will have a personalized, machine washable, snuggle blanket for your baby on the way. You can also knit baby clothes and booties, washcloths and caps. This is a rewarding hobby and fairly inexpensive to pick up.
3. Go for a daily walk
Keeping in shape while expecting can help with an easy delivery and soaking up some extra Vitamin D from the sun is always a good thing. Not to mention the added bonus of possibly meeting other new mommies at the park or on the way. You’d be surprised at the large gathering of walking moms in some neighborhoods! Of course, if you are on bed rest this isn’t an option so try some bed safe yoga instead.
4. Tour the birthing center
Your local hospital will offer tours of the birthing center you’ll likely be using when the day comes. Be sure to come armed with questions. It’s always good to know what you can expect. A tour of the center in advance will make the trip to the hospital less intimidating. Even if you are planning a home birth, there is always the chance that everything won’t go as planned so take a quick tour anyway.
5. Line up a couple babysitters in advance
Sure you aren’t planning to hand off your bundle of joy right away, but you can always be prepared months in advance with names of available sitters in your area that you’ve approved. Hop on over to Care.com and check out a couple. Maybe you’ll even want to get a few interviews done so you’ll be prepared when you need a break!
6. Chat it up
There are lots of online chat rooms for expecting mothers where you can connect with other moms and discuss your hopes and anxieties. It can be helpful to have support from like minded individuals, especially if this is your first time around. I particularly recommend the groups available on whattoexpect.com. They are excellent, helpful, groups of women.
7. Research baby names
You may already have a list going but why not check out some new meanings, names from other cultures, or what names are popular right now? Just type “baby names” into your search engine and you are sure to find plenty of helpful sites.
These are just a few ideas to get that pregnancy brain flowing. If you are still bored try taking up a new hobby or starting a pregnancy journal. You could even learn a new language. The options are endless. It may feel like 9 months is a long time, but there’s plenty to do to get ready for the adorable bundle of joy headed your way.