40 Things To Do While 40 Weeks Pregnant In Oahu, Hawaii

You've waited 280 days for this day!  

It's here!  You are 40 weeks pregnant.  

While you wait (anxiously, excitedly, nervously...), take time to invest in yourself with 40 things to do while you're 40 weeks pregnant in Oahu, Hawaii.  

Distract, prepare and enjoy yourself!  Grab a buddy, or take some precious alone time, it's up to you.  Cost effective (aka FREE!) options included - look for the *.

  1. Journal. Document this time in your life, and don't be afraid to be honest. You don't have to share it anyone else unless you want to.*

  2. Enjoy some shave ice. Island X in Waialua may be off the beaten path, but it is truly worth the journey! They offer naturally flavored and sweetened shave ice, which I can personally attest is heaven sent.

  3. Take a nap. Enough said.*

  4. Prepare freezer crock pot meals in advance for when baby arrives. Here are 31 recipes that require no cooking in advance. Just buy your ingredients, assemble, and freeze! Invite some friends over for this one - they'll be glad to spend time with you, and after all, many hands make light work!

  5. Watch a sunset - we do live in Hawaii, right? There is not a part of the island that I've experienced a so-so sunset. Truly!*

  6. Go for a hike. Moderate movement like walking can be a way to maintain your endurance without exhausting you in your last days of pregnancy. Need suggestions? Download the All Trails or Yelp app to search for trails close to you!*

  7. Go to a movie! Especially when it's hot and humid - soak in the A/C, prop your feet up and enjoy a flick with your best friend or daddy-to-be. Remember - your pick!

  8. Unpack your birth bag. Yes, unpack! I recommend having those who will be with you to support you at your birth pack it. At the beginning, they will be the ones accessing things there for you. It will save you from having to explain to them where something is when you need it.*

  9. Go shopping! What are some last minute needs? For you, for baby?

  10. Write a letter to your baby. Think about a time in the future you'd like to give it to them, and tuck it away in a safe place until then. *

  11. Capture this special time in your life with beautiful maternity photographer by Shallin Blue!

  12. Have a dance party! Invite your bestie over (like Meredith and Cristina on Grey's Anatomy) and dance your way into labor.*

  13. Get a prenatal massage. Every part of you - mind, body and spirit - will thank you!

  14. Prepare postpartum 'padsicles' for your comfort when you arrive home.

  15. Receive a prenatal Chiropractic adjustment. It's not too late! Having proper alignment, including your spine and uterine ligaments, can be a huge help during your labor and birth. Who do I recommend? Dr. James Finley of Healing Hands Chiropractic in Kaneohe, HI (personal, non-paid endorsement!). Dr. Finley specializes in Chiropractic for pregnancy and children. He is certified in the Webster Technique, a specialized Chiropractic adjustment for encouraging mal-positioned babies to turn head-down in utero before birth. Read more about Chiropractic during pregnancy and the Webster Technique here!

  16. Buy a peri bottle - less than $2.50 at your drug store, it will be a relief and help to you while you heal after your birth.

  17. Bake your favorite cookies, or better yet, make energy balls to snack on in early labor.

  18. Take a long bath or shower.*

  19. Go a date with your special someone - you don't know when your next one will be!

  20. Create birth affirmations. There are many website (including mine!) who offer quotes and phrases that are there to encourage, inspire and empower you during your pregnancy, labor and birth. Get creative with them too! Make posters, collages and note cards with them. Look at them, memorize them, share them with your birth team (so they know what words most encourage you to remind you of during your birth!) and add them to your "must bring" list of your birth bag.*

  21. Schedule your newborn photography session with Shallin Blue!

  22. Print out extra copies of your birth plan. Most hospitals ask for a copy to keep with your patient chart. You'll want to make sure you always have a copy, and extras for your birth team - nurses, doula, OB, midwife, etc. *

  23. Meditation - it can be a great way to relax, unwind and practice control your breathing before labor. I highly recommend www.fragrantheart.com. She has free, guided meditations for many scenarios, including pregnancy. Never done it? Give it an honest try. Five to ten minutes is all you need!*

  24. Who lifts you up? Who makes you laugh? Invite them over for tea, or go out to lunch with them. Surround yourself with people that inspire, nurture and love you.

  25. Get a pedicure!

  26. Are you military? Utilize the Arts & Crafts Centers. Schofield Barracks Arts & Crafts Center offers paint-your-own pottery from Wednesday-Saturday.

  27. Dole Whip ... yummy deliciousness!

  28. Drive around the coast, stopping to take pictures, walk around, visit a store or farm stand. I love love love starting in Honolulu and driving around the eastern side of the island, around the North Shore and back down through the center of the island. It's manageable to do in a morning or afternoon.

  29. Make a date jar for things for dates to do once you're settled after baby arrives. Color coat the jar for free dates, minimum expense dates and splurge dates.*

  30. Curl up with a good book.*

  31. Buy a kite and take it flying on your favorite beach. Snap a picture, and do it again in a year with your little one, this time with them flying the kite!

  32. Go to the Polynesian Cultural Center to learn more about the history and culture of Hawaii.

  33. Color! Did you know they make adult coloring books? Buy a coloring book and crayons, markers or colored pencils.

  34. Get takeout and have a beach picnic. Then, go for a walk. Toes in the sand, Pacific ocean tickling your feet.

  35. Download a contraction timer app.

  36. Have a homemade pizza and movie night. Collect your favorite toppings and make individual pizzas.

  37. Practice breathing techniques - deep cleansing breaths (slow deep breaths, in through your nose, out through your mouth), belly breathing (putting your hand on your tummy, inhaling and pushing it out as you inhale) and feather breathing (short, quick breaths, as if you had a feather in front of your mouth and you were blowing it away from you).*

  38. Sit under the stars.*

  39. Pin things you'll need in the future on Pinterest - homemade baby food recipes, DIY crafts for Christmas gifts using baby hand and footprints, or at home exercises with baby once your approved for exercise after birth.*

  40. Take a deep breath, look around you and enjoy this moment! You've spent the majority of the past year growing a sweet, precious life inside you. You did it! Be proud of yourself and know you are going to be an excellent mom to your little one.*

The doula and photographer behind Shallin Blue wishes you a safe and blessed birth experience!

For more informative and fun links and blog posts, please like Shallin Blue on Facebook!

 


(Sadly we moved from Oahu in December 2017. I am grateful for our time in Hawai’i and am now happily serving Central Missouri as a Birth Doula & Birth Photographer in Rolla, St. James, St Robert, Waynesville, Fort Leonard Wood, Salem, Licking, Dixon, Cuba, Newburg, Jefferson City and more; at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Phelps County Regional Medical Center.)

Birth Photography - As Different As The Births Captured; Birth Photographer in Rolla, MO; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Jefferson City, MO: Waynesville, MO; St Robert, MO

Many times when I meet with interested Birth Doula clients, or when talking with acquaintances and friends, I find myself explaining what I do when I serve as a Birth Photographer.  While parts of it may seem self-explanatory, I am here to assure you that each birth photography experience is different, just as each birth is different.

A birth photography session is unlike any other session I offer.  It is an unplanned, unposed, beautiful life experience.  I am there to capture these moments, professionally and respectfully, based on the birthing family's wishes. 

Together, we meet and have a consultation, discussing their plans for their birth and their preferences for birth photography.  Each family lets me know which moments they are hoping to capture most, and which moments they would prefer not to have captured.  I don't document every moment or every scenario for every family.

I assure you - I do my utmost when photographing to preserve modesty and intimate areas you would prefer not to have photographed.  You also sign a model release stating whether or not you would like to have some or all of your photographs shared, or kept completely private.  As you can see from my website, I have obtained previous clients privacy and have not shared the majority of birth photos I have taken.

Photographing Labor

Some families like me to document their labor, capturing their journey from home to hospital, mom and dad to-be walking the halls, husbands slow dancing with his wife as she leans on him through her contractions, grandma to-be massaging her daughter's lower back as mom to-be sits on a birth ball and rests her head on the elevated hospital bed.

I am completely open to capturing these moments for you, or, if you wish, I can come later on in your labor as you near delivery. 

Photographing Birth

I can see the look on your face - you're thinking of my camera "down there", capturing the up close and personal of baby emerging through the birth canal.  While I am open to taking this picture if you so desire, the images most families hire me to capture are of the emotion - dad holding tight on moms hand, supporting her as she nears to the moment of holding her baby, baby emerging and being lifted onto his mother's chest, the tears in dad's eyes as he sees his baby boy for the first time, dad kissing mom on the forehead as she cradles their sweet arrival, mom counting fingers and toes...  These are the moments I am there for.

Please know, I completely respect my place in the birthing room.  Even as a doula, I am not a medical caregiver, nor am I the birthing mother.  This is not my turf.  It is an honor to be welcomed into a birthing space; I do not take it lightly. I uphold client's birth wishes, and respect the directions of caregivers, staying out of the way and obtaining permissions when necessary.

Photographing Those First Moments

I typically stay for a period of time after birth, as desired and allowed, to capture baby's first moments.  I smile as I write this, thinking of past births and the moments captured... as baby boy is cleaned off, weighted, measured, bathed, foot printed; as mom, dad, and baby settle into bed together, snuggling and taking in their first hour together; as baby meets Grandma and Grandpa, brothers and sisters for the first time.

Currently, I am accepting birth photography clients throughout Central Missouri, including:

  • Rolla

  • Fort Leonard Wood

  • Jefferson City

  • Waynesville

  • St Robert

  • St James

  • Cuba

  • Licking

  • Dixon

  • Newburg

  • Edgar Springs

  • Salem

...at home or hospital birth settings: 

  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, MO

  • General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH)

  • St Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, MO

  • Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City, MO

...and everything in between.

Contact me as soon as possible (shallinblue@gmail.com) to reserve your expected due date - my schedule fills quickly as I only accept a limited number of clients per month. We will have an initial phone or email consultation, then meet together to discuss your desires for your birth photography.

Your photos arrive to you beautifully edited, on a custom DVD or USB.  They are available for your viewing in a memorable slideshow or as individual files.

I look forward to capturing your birth moments!


DONA Certified Birth Doula and Professional Birth Photographer serving Central Missouri including Rolla, St. James, St Robert, Waynesville, Fort Leonard Wood, Salem, Licking, Dixon, Cuba, Newburg, Jefferson City and more; at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Phelps County Regional Medical Center.