Its coming up to the end of when I finish work, only have a couple of weeks to go. What did you other mums do when they went on maternity leave? My bags are packed and ready to go. Shall I relax?


Posted by kjgarner, 17th November 2015


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  • I missed out the maternity leave bit ….. moved from USA to Perth when 26 weeks pregnant with twins – then had to negotiate the healthcare system after being away for almost five years.



  • Yes you should relax! Enjoy watching movies or a TV series you have wanted to watch as you will get no time for that soon! My maternity leave was just before Christmas so I used that time for Chrissy shopping and tidying up the house and daily naps lol



  • Make sure you have all your nappy change gear set up ready for when you come home with your newborn. It will probably be the first thing you need.
    Probably a good idea to have at least one set of baby clothes ready too.



  • Relax as much as possible. Go to the movies, go to coffee with your friends, go out to restaurants with your partner as these are things you tend to miss for a while after you’ve had a bub.



  • yeah just cleaned and prepped everything. i remember washing baby clothes and stuff and putting them into a set of drawers for the first time and i was so excited to be getting ready for baby.



  • I cleaned and prepared meals and froze them, makes it so much easier when your super busy with a newborn



  • I was hopeless at the relaxing part I cleaned and cleaned and moved her room around (little stuff anyway) and then would go for an hour walk in the afternoon. The more everyone told me to relax the more I felt like I had to do something and keep busy. But I always made sure I had a nanna nap, and had a good chill session somewhere during the day :) good luck just do what feels right



  • I like the relax idea… but getting other stuff done sounds good as well, awesome thanks



  • Enjoy the time and relax too!



  • Make sure you put your feet up once a day and have a rest.



  • relaxing is always good – I also used it as a time to clean and declutter the house before bubs arrived



  • Enjoy the time and catch up on anything that may need doing as you will be busy very soon!



  • Enjoy the time you have to catch up with friends and get any last minute things for the new arrival. And yes, sleep in and the like if you can.



  • I would try and relax if you can. With me, I couldn’t sit still for long, always had to be doing something



  • Enjoy having time to yourself. Read a book, see a movie. Towards the end of my pregnancy I did things I knew I would find hard once the babe came along even boring things like going to the dentist or getting a hair cut. Take yourself out for breakfast/coffee and just chill!

    Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy.


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