Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful times in the life of a woman. Your body is doing what it's designed to do. The miracle of gestating life, the feeling of your baby moving inside of you thrilling you more every passing day. You daydream about the life to come, the joys you can expect and the life you will lead together. It's a glorious, natural, wonderful time.
It also takes forever. Or at least, it feels like it.
Most women get to the stage where they are ready to be a Mom now. The time is passing slowly; as much as they enjoy the pregnancy, the nearly-10-month long wait passes at a pace that becomes unbearable. While you try and delight in being pregnant, there's still a part of you that is always just ready to meet your baby as soon as possible!
While there's no way of pressing the fast forward button in biological terms, there are ways and means of making it easier to cope with mentally. Coming up are a few ideas of things you can focus on, look forward to and use to fill your time while the wait continues.
1. Your Baby Shower
Baby showers (http://www.parents.com/baby/shower/) have almost attained the status of being a rite of passage, and it will definitely be a highlight of your pregnancy. If you're desperate for something to do, then there's no harm in requesting you have an active role in the planning. That way, you're guaranteed to get an occasion that you want - and take up some time looking forward to it!
2. Gender Reveal Party
While not quite as grand as a baby shower, gender reveal parties have become more and more common in recent years. It's a simple concept if you're not familiar. Gather together your closest friends and family to reveal the gender of your baby.
This is traditionally done with cakes; sites like http://www.babyprepping.com/events-and-announcements/gender-reveal-cake-ideas/ have plenty of adorable options to choose from if you're short on ideas. When the cake is cut open, it reveals a pink (for a girl) or blue (for a boy) decoration inside.
It's a cute, fun way of celebrating. You can choose whether or not you know about the gender prior to the reveal. If you don't want to know, then ask your OB/GYN to write the sex down in a sealed envelope and hand it directly to the bakery.
It seems that yoga is the generally accepted cure-all these days, but there are genuine reasons why you should indulge while pregnant. Not only will it keep you supple and help your body after the birth, but it is known for how soothing you will find it.
If your nerves are frazzled and you are struggling for patience, taking a few hours out a week can help set you back on your course. It's also the kind of discipline where the longer you give it, the more rewarding you will find it - which should definitely help the hours tick by!
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