25 Ways To Pass The Time Waiting For Labor To Start

Apr 3, 2020

Welcome to Phoenix Medical Services, your trusted source of information and care during your pregnancy journey. As expectant mothers ourselves, we understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with waiting for labor to start. To help you make the most of this precious time, we have compiled a list of 25 ways to pass the time while eagerly awaiting the arrival of your little one.

1. Create a Birth Plan

Take the opportunity to sit down and create a birth plan that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery. Consider factors such as pain management options, birthing positions, and any special requests you may have. Having a solid plan in place can help reduce anxiety and ensure your medical team is aware of your desires.

2. Attend Prenatal Classes

Enroll in prenatal classes offered by Phoenix Medical Services to gain valuable knowledge about childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care, and more. These classes provide an excellent opportunity to connect with other expectant parents and get answers to any questions you may have.

3. Decorate the Nursery

Channel your nesting instincts by decorating and organizing your baby's nursery. Choose a theme, paint the walls, assemble furniture, and add those adorable finishing touches that will make the space feel welcoming and cozy.

4. Enjoy Date Nights with Your Partner

Spend quality time with your partner before your little one arrives. Plan regular date nights, whether it's going out for a romantic dinner, watching a movie at home, or taking a leisurely stroll hand in hand. Cherish these moments and strengthen your bond as a couple.

5. Read Supportive Material

Stay informed and inspired by reading books focused on pregnancy, labor, and parenting. Choose titles that resonate with you and provide guidance during this transformative journey. Reading can be both educational and comforting, especially when it comes to understanding what to expect during labor.

6. Practice Relaxation Techniques

Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. These techniques can help manage stress, promote calmness, and prepare your mind and body for labor.

7. Connect with Other Expectant Mothers

Join online communities or attend support groups to connect with other expectant mothers who are going through the same journey. Share experiences, ask questions, and find support in a community that understands the unique challenges of waiting for labor to start.

8. Prepare Freezer Meals

Spend some time preparing freezer meals that can be easily reheated after your baby's arrival. This will save you time and energy during those early newborn days when cooking may be the last thing on your mind.

9. Take Gentle Walks

Engage in gentle exercise by taking leisurely walks in your neighborhood or a nearby park. Walking not only helps to keep you active but also encourages the baby to descend further into the pelvis, potentially aiding the progression of labor.

10. Arrange Newborn Essentials

Gather and organize all the essential items your newborn will need, such as diapers, clothing, blankets, and feeding supplies. Set up a designated space for these items in your home to ensure everything is easily accessible once your baby arrives.

11. Start a Pregnancy Journal

Document your thoughts, experiences, and milestones in a pregnancy journal. This serves as a precious keepsake that you can revisit in the future, reflecting on the awe-inspiring journey you embarked upon during pregnancy and waiting for labor to begin.

12. Practice Infant Care Techniques

Attend baby care classes to learn essential infant care techniques, such as bathing, diaper changing, and swaddling. Gain the confidence and skills necessary to care for your baby once they are in your arms.

13. Create a Labor Playlist

Compile a playlist of your favorite calming and inspirational songs to listen to during labor. Music has a powerful ability to evoke emotions and can help create a soothing environment for both you and your baby.

14. Explore Relaxation Apps

Explore various relaxation apps specifically designed for expectant mothers. These apps often feature guided meditations, sleep aids, and relaxation techniques geared towards supporting a calm and peaceful mindset throughout this waiting period.

15. Practice Self-Care Activities

Pamper yourself with self-care activities such as taking relaxing baths, getting prenatal massages, or indulging in a new hobby. Prioritize your well-being and embrace activities that make you feel nurtured and rejuvenated.

16. Research Infant Sleep Options

Take the time to research different infant sleep options, such as co-sleeping, bassinets, or cribs. Understand the pros and cons of each choice, ensuring you feel confident in the decision you make for your baby's sleeping arrangements.

17. Assemble a Hospital Bag

Prepare a well-packed hospital bag with all the essentials you'll need during your stay. Include comfortable clothing, toiletries, nursing supplies, and any items that will provide you with comfort and familiarity during this transition.

18. Create a Supportive Birth Environment

Set the stage for a supportive birth environment by discussing your preferences with your medical team and loved ones. Consider factors such as lighting, music, aromatherapy, and who you want to be present during labor.

19. Learn Infant CPR and First Aid

Sign up for an infant CPR and first aid course to gain the knowledge and skills needed to handle emergency situations. This will provide peace of mind and equip you with the ability to respond promptly should a situation arise.

20. Plan Postpartum Care

Research and plan for postpartum care, including support services, breastfeeding resources, and postnatal exercise programs. Knowing what resources are available to you can help ease the transition into the postpartum period.

21. Practice Perineal Massage

Learn and practice perineal massage techniques to help prepare your body for childbirth. Perineal massage can help stretch and relax the perineum, potentially reducing the risk of tearing during delivery.

22. Take Photos of Your Baby Bump

Capture the beauty of your growing baby bump by taking regular photos throughout your pregnancy. These photos will serve as a cherished reminder of the incredible journey both you and your baby have embarked upon.

23. Create a Relaxing Birth Space at Home

If you are considering a home birth or planning to labor at home before heading to the hospital, create a soothing and serene birth space. This may involve dimming lights, playing soft music, and surrounding yourself with comforting items.

24. Practice Visualization and Affirmations

Practice visualization and affirmations to mentally prepare for labor. Envision a positive birth experience and repeat affirmations that instill confidence and strength. Embracing a positive mindset can have a profound impact on your overall labor experience.

25. Enjoy Quality "Me" Time

Last but certainly not least, savor moments of undisturbed "me" time. Take this opportunity to enjoy a quiet cup of tea, read a book, take naps, or engage in any activity that brings you joy and relaxation. Prioritizing self-care will help you feel rejuvenated and ready for the incredible journey of motherhood.

As you eagerly await the start of labor, embrace these 25 ways to pass the time and make the most of this incredible period of anticipation. Remember, Phoenix Medical Services is here to support you every step of the way on your pregnancy journey. Stay tuned for more valuable content and resources to help you navigate this beautiful chapter in your life.

Sumit Ghosh
This is so helpful! 😊
Nov 12, 2023
Emory Ault
Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely give them a try and make the wait more enjoyable!
Nov 8, 2023
Doris Holt
I appreciate the creativity and thoughtfulness put into these ideas. Can't wait to make use of them!
Oct 6, 2023
Gary Myers
Great tips! I especially liked and Will definitely try them while waiting for my little one! Thanks!
Oct 4, 2023
Chris White
Thanks for these helpful tips! Can't wait to try them out.
Aug 8, 2023
Raymond Marion
Big thank you to the author for these brilliant and engaging ideas. Can't wait to give them a try!
Jul 5, 2023
Lisa Ruthig
It's great to see a list of activities specifically tailored for expectant mothers. Can't wait to make use of these suggestions!
Jul 1, 2023
Philip Johnson
I've been feeling restless, but these activities provide a sense of relief. Excited to try them out - thank you for the ideas!
Jun 27, 2023
Ivan Turner
The practicality and simplicity of these ideas make them so appealing. I'm excited to put them to use!
Apr 21, 2023
Valerie Hamilton
The anticipation of labor can be challenging, but these tips give me hope and excitement. Looking forward to trying them out!
Apr 12, 2023
Maryann Maksinski
These tips are a breath of fresh air during the waiting game. I'm excited to try them out and pass the time!
Jan 24, 2023
Bill Cunningham
These suggestions are a goldmine for expectant mothers like myself. Excited to implement them into my routine!
Jan 3, 2023
Chris Alatorre
The simplicity and practicality of these ideas make them so appealing. Excited to try them out!
Jan 3, 2023
Jacob Robbins
I appreciate the variety of suggestions provided here. Looking forward to passing the time with these ideas.
Dec 27, 2022
Maria Cicenia
I love that these suggestions are practical and easy to implement. Grateful for the thoughtful list!
Dec 9, 2022
Samuel Pena
These suggestions are a treasure trove for expectant mothers like myself. Excited to implement them into my daily routine!
Dec 3, 2022
Chris Callihan
As an expectant mother, I'm always looking for ways to stay occupied. These ideas are fantastic - thank you!
Oct 19, 2022
Mstislav Pakhomov
I've been looking for ways to occupy my time, and these suggestions are a game-changer. Thank you for the inspiration!
Oct 9, 2022
Susan Clarke
Kudos to the author for these refreshing and engaging ideas. Can't wait to give them a try!
Aug 15, 2022
Joshua Choate
These suggestions are a much-needed source of inspiration for expectant mothers like myself. Thank you for this valuable list!
Jul 23, 2022
Alan Frantzich
I appreciate the thoughtfulness and diversity of these suggestions. Can't wait to try them out!
Jun 4, 2022
Melissa Desa
I've been searching for ways to keep my mind occupied, and this list is a welcomed find. Looking forward to diving into these activities!
May 25, 2022
Obasi Richards
I'm grateful for these diverse and captivating activities. Can't wait to pass the time with these wonderful suggestions!
May 15, 2022
Rosa Jasper
I've been in need of ways to fill my time, and these suggestions are a game-changer. Thank you for the motivation!
Aug 3, 2021
Anisur Rahman
I've been searching for ways to keep myself occupied during this waiting period. These suggestions are diverse and creative - thank you!
Jun 10, 2021
Ashley Alexander
The anticipation of labor can be overwhelming, so I'm grateful for the distraction ideas in this article. Can't wait to try them!
Apr 18, 2021
Hanan Avramovich
The wait for labor can be daunting, but these activities offer a sense of excitement and relief. Grateful for these suggestions!
Apr 1, 2021
Elena Fironova
This list is a treasure trove of ideas that I can't wait to explore. Thank you for the valuable suggestions!
Jan 28, 2021
The anticipation of labor can be challenging, but these tips offer a sense of hope and excitement. Looking forward to trying them out!
Jan 25, 2021
Samnang Kea-Or
The variety of suggestions in this article is so refreshing. Looking forward to giving them a go and passing the time!
Nov 28, 2020
Ray Lego
I've been feeling restless, but these activities provide a sense of comfort. Excited to give them a try - thank you for the ideas!
Nov 21, 2020
Fransico Pansiscia
These tips are a wonderful resource for expectant mothers. Looking forward to incorporating them into my routine!
Nov 14, 2020
Bonnie Gardner
I appreciate the ingenuity and care put into these ideas. Looking forward to making use of them!
Nov 12, 2020
Gilbert Estrada
I'm so grateful for these diverse and engaging activities. Can't wait to pass the time with these wonderful suggestions!
Oct 31, 2020
Barry Cole
Feeling hopeful and excited after reading through these ideas. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive list!
Oct 17, 2020
Lindsey Odegaard
I appreciate the thought and effort put into curating this list. Looking forward to incorporating these activities into my routine.
Jun 19, 2020
Robert Schick
I'm feeling hopeful and inspired after reading through these ideas. Can't wait to put them into action!
Jun 14, 2020
Jacob Couvillon
These suggestions are a much-needed resource for expectant mothers like myself. Looking forward to trying them out - thank you!
May 21, 2020
Krystal Coles
This article came at the perfect time for me. Excited to give some of these activities a go!
Apr 5, 2020