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Hacks for surviving the last month of pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a marathon, not a sprint. And like a marathon, by the end of it you desperately need to wee, your feet are swollen, and you’ve really had enough of this ‘marathon’ nonsense. Sure, the journey was great, and you’ll look back on it fondly…but boy, what a slog.

Let us be the helper who’s waiting at the finish line with a cup of Gatorade and a foot rub – here are our tips and tricks for surviving the toughest month of your pregnancy.

Is the last month really the toughest, though?

Only someone who’s been through it all before can answer that question. So, we sought our answers from mums on mom.me …

The last month was rough. I had numb hands and didn’t sleep because I was so uncomfortable.” – Hannah J

“Simple. The last month of pregnancy made me feel like a whale.” – Christina H

I’ve never visited a bathroom as often as I did in that last month of pregnancy. So. Much. Pee.” – Olivia P

Source: mom.me

Plenty of mums will tell you that their first trimester was worse though, due to the morning sickness, the relentless scans, and the concerns for their baby’s health. But the home stretch in your third trimester tests you in a different way: so we’ll focus on helping mums during that period.

What are expecting mums doing each week?

A 2010 study of woman from Sydney – all of whom were at least 20 weeks pregnant – recorded some intriguing results on what they were doing each week.

 Activity Prevalence (95% CI) on all surveys completed*
Consumed caffeinated drinks 82.6%
Eaten hot and spicy food 47.2%
Had sexual intercourse 42.1%
Lifted anything of more than 12 kilograms 32.7%
Consumed alcohol 21.4%
Performed vigorous physical exercise 6.4%
Had an internal/vaginal examination 6.1%
Onset of an infection 5.0%
Traveled in an aeroplane 4.5%
Taken medication for depression 2.4%
Source: A prevalence survey of every-day activities in pregnancy, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-10-41 © 2010. * Variance is detailed in the URL above

The big takeout is what so many Aussie soon-to-be-mums are enjoying each week: caffeine. Here’s what one expert has to say about that.

Coffee during pregnancy? While it’s not completely forbidden, it is recommended to cut down to 200mg of caffeine a day.

— Jeannette Bishop (@HanoverOBGYN) June 20, 2016

The ABC backs this up, stating in their story that you should be limiting your intake, but don’t have to kick the habit altogether.

Additionally, nearly 1 in 2 of these women from the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth study ate spicy food. We explain below why it should be an essential purchase during those last few weeks of pregnancy.

Top hacks for expecting Mums in their final week

Your go-to shopping list for the ninth month of pregnancy

One big hack we can reveal is a ‘post-pregnancy’ and ‘b-day’ shopping essentials. You’re going to need these items before you head to the hospital, and setting aside an afternoon to gather the following will put your mind at ease…

Relaxation hacks for the expecting mum

Prep the house (i.e. busy work while you wait for ‘labour day’)

Sources & inspiration

  1. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/pregnancy-and-exercise
  2. http://www.todaysparent.com/blogs/pregnant-pause/6-important-to-dos-for-the-last-two-weeks-of-pregnancy/
  3. http://www.madeformums.com/pregnancy/the-final-weeks-of-pregnancy/32688.html
  4. http://www.enkivillage.com/last-month-of-pregnancy.html
  5. http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/news-views/advice-people-wont-give-you-but-probably-should-in-your-third-trimester-20150729-gimxwq

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