15 things to do while you're waiting for your baby to arrive

A heavily pregnant woman waiting for labour

Waiting for your precious first born to arrive? The last few weeks of pregnancy can feel tortuously long. Pass the time with some practical pre-baby prep – and make the most of your final days of (relative) freedom.

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If you just can't sit still…

1. “Stock up on bananas, drinks and Netflix box sets for when junior has a growth spurt and you're on the sofa for a week feeding round the clock. Happens around six weeks.”

2. “Borrow someone else's kid and learn how to burp them now. It's a fine art.”

3. “Batch cook so there are lots of easy meals available in the freezer.”

Tupperwares full of pre-cooked casserole meals

4. “Get your house clean if you can (because you won't be doing any cleaning once the baby is here).”

5. “Make a huge batch of chocolate cookies and freeze them. Don't tell anyone they're there – they're all for you.”
Pile of chocolate cookies

6. “Make sure everyone fully understands your expectations about visitors. If you don't want them at first, explain this to them.”

7. “Get loads of the fancy ready-meals from M&S and pop them in the freezer. DH and I got very sick of pizza last time!”

8. “Practise saying 'The kitchen's over there, mine's milk no sugar,' for when guests come over.”
Pots of sugar, tea, and coffee

9. “Take unwanted clothes/items to a charity shop; it's amazing how cluttered the house gets once PFB arrives.”

Make time for me time

10. “Swimming! It eases the back pain. Follow with a large slice of cake.” A pregnant woman swimming in pool

11. “Enjoy leaving the house carrying only a small bag with just your purse, phone and keys. Next time it will be with a pushchair and an oversized nappy bag.”

12. “Order a shit load of ice cream online, and sit in bed watching box sets, eating it.”

13. “If you have old friends you haven't spoken to in a while, make those long phone calls catching up with them now.” Telephone

14. “Go out for dinner after 7pm. Get up later than 7am.”

15. “Sit back, relax, go out for lunch and chill as much as possible. Life's about to change forever.

And finally…

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