The last month of pregnancy... the end is near, but the days are long. So very long. Luckily, there are a bunch of things you can do to stay busy and help the time pass! I rounded up 14 must do's for the last month of your pregnancy - some of them are common sense, but blame it on pregnancy brain if you forgot, and some you'll just be plain glad you did once that baby arrives. Be sure to let me know if I missed anything, since I'm still pregnant and all...
Get To Know Your Insurance Plan
Let's start with the most boring of them all! It's good to learn the in's and out's of what's covered during your pregnancy and hospital stay, because it ain't cheap. If you have a large deductible or co-pay, it's nice to start setting aside money so it's not such a shock when that bill comes.
Find a Pediatrician
Get recommendations from friends/family of healthcare providers in the area and it is probably a good idea to call or meet with them to make sure they're a good match for what you're looking for.
Nail Down Maternity Leave/Childcare
If you're working, this is a good idea to have all figured out before you leave to have that baby - any paperwork that may need to be filled out, etc. - so everyone is on the same page! And of course, you'll want to take your time finding the perfect person/place to watch your baby after you go back to work.
Install Car Seat
Just make your husband do this one ;) They won't let you leave the hospital without a car seat installed.
The pack n play, the bouncer, the stroller, the swing, the bassinet, the rock n play, the monitor... there is a lot of stuff that needs to be put together (and don't forget buying batteries!), and it will probably be a heck of a lot easier to do it before you have the baby at home with you.
Pack Hospital Bags
Have those bad boys ready to go for anytime after 37 weeks. You can see what we have packed in ours here.
Have a Birth Plan
It can be as simple as 'get an epidural' (mine haha) or a detailed outline of how you'd like the big day to hopefully go. If nothing else, research your options so you can make informed decisions while you're in labor.
Get in all the date nights you still can without having to pay a babysitter!
Stock Freezer/Household Supplies
Go all out at Costco. Fill that freezer with staples that can be made into easy meals for after you're back home and just buy all the toilet paper/paper towel you could need so you don't have to worry about it later. If nothing else though, there is....
Sign up for the best thing that's ever going to happen to you! ;) Free, two day delivery is a beautiful thing. We JUST got it a month ago and you can check out my thoughts on it so far here.
Tour the Hospital or Birth Center
We did this since we just moved here a year and a half ago and aren't too familiar with the hospital and I think it was SO beneficial. It takes one less stress off of the day now that we know right where to park, where to go in the hospital and are familiar with the rooms we'll be staying in.
Wash Babies Clothes
The cutest loads of laundry you'll ever do :) Wash a few pieces to get baby started when they get home (and of course, their going home outfit) and also any blankets/towels/sheets they'll be using.
Do it yourself (nesting is real) or have someone do it for you, but either way, you'll be thankful you did after you're home with the baby because cleaning is probably about to take a serious backseat on the to-do list.
Saving the best for last! Get a mani/pedi, blow out, massage, a new outfit... whatever you want, just treat yourself, because you totally deserve it, lady!