101 Things to Do When You're Overdue (Or Close)

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The end of pregnancy can seem like an eternity. The closer you get to your due date, and especially when you're past your due date, the more the days seem to drag on and on. This isn't made any easier by how people seem to want to constantly ask you when you were due or how many babies you're carrying (!).

Things to Do While Waiting for Baby

As a way to pass the time while waiting for baby, consider making some of these your bucket list items for the last, long weeks of pregnancy:

  1. Read another pregnancy book
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Get a manicure or pedicure
  4. Eat something spicy
  5. Talk to an old friend
  6. Learn to time contractions
  7. Pick out a baby book
  8. Go over your list of baby names one more time
  9. Write a birth plan
  10. Change the message on your answering machine or voicemail to inform callers you're still around
  11. Get your hair done
  12. Get a pregnancy massage
  13. Go for a bumpy ride
  14. Recalculate your due date
  15. Hang out on the pregnancy forums
  16. Watch reruns on television
  17. Wash all of your baby clothes
  18. Check out a matinee movie, alone or with a friend
  19. Make a rice sock for labor
  20. Try a new recipe for dinner
  21. Pack your birth bag for the hospital or birth center
  22. Look through your pregnancy journal or pregnancy blog and relive some of the better moments
  23. Buy a new nightgown
  24. Go dancing
  25. Look at some birth announcements
  26. Put the baby's car seat in the car
  27. Go window shopping
  28. Daydream about the baby
  29. Eat something else spicy, like samosas
  1. Buy a nursing bra
  2. If you have older kids, read to them
  3. Shave your legs
  4. Visit someone else with a new baby and practice holding him or her
  5. Think of goofy answers to the questions about whether or not you're still pregnant
  6. Try a new nail color
  7. Call your mom
  8. Sit in your baby's room for a while
  9. Buy a cute baby toy
  1. Make a list of foods that are high in fiber
  2. Put together any unmade furniture
  3. Buy stamps for birth announcements
  4. Work out—go to yoga, aerobics, whatever you like to do
  5. Practice a new position for labor
  6. Walk around the mall or park
  7. Check to be sure your insurance information is packed in your birth bag
  8. Indulge your biggest pregnancy craving—soon you won't crave it anymore
  9. Listen to your favorite music and consider making a playlist for the birth
  10. Buy a pack of diapers
  11. Buy a new toothbrush for the birth
  12. Make a cake
  13. Call your best friend
  14. Play with your pets
  15. Do nothing for a change
  16. Give your partner a back massage and show him how you like to have your back rubbed
  17. Buy any birthday cards or presents you'll need for the first six weeks after your baby is born
  18. Have a smoothie
  19. Recheck your birth bag for the hospital or birth center
  20. Go to a La Leche League meeting or breastfeeding class
  21. Take your partner dancing
  22. Pack some snacks for the hospital or birth center
  23. Make a belly cast of your belly
  24. Buy some sexy underwear, or at least not granny panties, for after the birth (a couple of weeks)
  25. If you have older kids, make "I'm a big sister/brother" t-shirts for them
  26. Bake a batch of cookies for the doctors and nurses at the hospital or birth center
  1. Go to your last prenatal appointments
  2. Order your favorite pizza for dinner
  3. Have sex (*wink*wink*nudge*nudge*)
  4. Think about anything but the new baby or labor
  5. Tell your partner how much you love and appreciate him
  6. Make big batches of food and freeze them to use after the baby is born
  7. Have AAA or a local car dealer inspect your car seat for safety
  8. Get a new scented lotion for labor
  9. Pack a diaper bag
  10. Message your honey to make sure he's paying attention
  11. Put together a casserole to eat when you come home from the hospital
  12. Put your birth bag in the car
  13. Make sure you have some postpartum help lined up
  14. Start a scrapbook for your baby if you haven't already
  1. Call your pediatrician to see if he or she has a recommended list of first aid items
  2. Look through your old baby books and pictures
  3. Have a lunch date with a friend
  4. Read positive birth stories
  5. Chat with your doula or doctor about any last minute worries
  6. Feel your baby's movements and remember how you waited to feel those first kicks
  7. Make a romantic dinner for your honey
  8. Make a list of everything you will miss about being pregnant
  9. Learn to knit baby booties
  10. Ask your mom about your birth
  11. Clean out the refrigerator
  12. Rent a movie
  13. Take a practice drive to the hospital
  14. Listen to an ​audiobook
  15. Read a novel you've been dying to read
  16. Go to work—why not?
  17. Think about your postpartum birth control choices
  18. Read a new breastfeeding book
  19. Practice a new relaxation technique
  20. Refold all the baby clothes
  21. Write a letter to your baby explaining how much you can't wait to meet him or her
  22. Make a list of everything you won't miss about being pregnant
  23. Give birth!