101 Things to Do When You're Pregnant and Overdue

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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 to Give Birth

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 and the father's 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
  30. Buy a nursing bra
  31. If you have older kids, read to them
  32. Shave your legs
  33. Visit someone else with a new baby and practice holding him or her
  34. Think of goofy answers to the questions about whether or not you're still pregnant
  35. Try a new nail color
  36. Call your mom
  37. Sit in your baby's room for a while
  38. Buy a cute baby toy
  39. Make a list of foods that are high in fiber
  40. Put together any unmade furniture
  41. Buy stamps for birth announcements
  42. Work out—go to yoga, aerobics, whatever you like to do
  43. Practice a new position for labor
  44. Walk around the mall or park
  45. Check to be sure your insurance information is packed in your birth bag
  46. Indulge your biggest pregnancy craving—soon you won't crave it anymore
  47. Listen to your favorite music and consider making a playlist for the birth
  48. Buy a pack of diapers
  49. Buy a new toothbrush for the birth
  50. Make a cake
  51. Call your best friend
  52. Play with your pets
  53. Do nothing for a change
  54. Give your partner a back massage and show him how you like to have your back rubbed
  55. Buy any birthday cards or presents you'll need for the first six weeks after your baby is born
  56. Have a smoothie
  57. Recheck your birth bag for the hospital or birth center
  58. Go to a La Leche League meeting or breastfeeding class
  59. Take your partner dancing
  60. Pack some snacks for the hospital or birth center
  61. Make a belly cast of your belly
  62. Buy some sexy underwear, or at least not granny panties, for after the birth (a couple of weeks)
  63. If you have older kids, make "I'm a big sister/brother" t-shirts for them
  64. Bake a batch of cookies for the doctors and nurses at the hospital or birth center
  65. Go to your last prenatal appointments
  66. Order your favorite pizza for dinner
  67. Have sex (*wink*wink*nudge*nudge*)
  68. Think about anything but the new baby or labor
  69. Tell your partner how much you love and appreciate him
  70. Make big batches of food and freeze them to use after the baby is born
  71. Have AAA or a local car dealer inspect your car seat for safety
  72. Get a new scented lotion for labor
  73. Pack a diaper bag
  74. Message your honey to make sure he's paying attention
  75. Put together a casserole to eat when you come home from the hospital
  76. Put your birth bag in the car
  77. Make sure you have some postpartum help lined up
  78. Start a scrapbook for your baby if you haven't already
  79. Call your pediatrician to see if he or she has a recommended list of first aid items
  80. Look through your old baby books and pictures
  81. Have a lunch date with a friend
  82. Read positive birth stories
  83. Chat with your doula or doctor about any last-minute worries
  84. Feel your baby's movements and remember how you waited to feel those first kicks
  85. Make a romantic dinner for your honey
  86. Make a list of everything you will miss about being pregnant
  87. Learn to knit baby booties
  88. Ask your mom about your birth
  89. Clean out the refrigerator
  90. Rent a movie
  91. Take a practice drive to the hospital
  92. Listen to an ​audiobook
  93. Read a novel you've been dying to read
  94. Go to work—why not?
  95. Think about your postpartum birth control choices
  96. Read a new breastfeeding book
  97. Practice a new relaxation technique
  98. Refold all the baby clothes
  99. Write a letter to your baby explaining how much you can't wait to meet him or her
  100. Make a list of everything you won't miss about being pregnant
  101. Give birth!
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