Pregnancy is when many women find that their creative and adventurous side comes out. They want to do fun things with their time until the baby arrives.
Pregnant women are restricted from some activities that can harm the baby or themselves, but for the most part, as long as you’re safe and careful, you can do most of the same things that you did before you joined the pregnant moms club. Just make sure that when you need rest, you take a break.
This article will provide you with lots of great ideas for fun things to do while pregnant and what to do while waiting out pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and heartburn. You can do most of the activities listed in this article right up to the end of your third trimester.
A List Of Fun Things To Do While Pregnant
Fun doesn’t have to stop because you’re pregnant. In fact, for many pregnant women, fun things are what they desire to do most. You can have a great time making a pregnancy bucket list, and then try to check off as many activities and experiences as you can before your baby arrives!
The following are some activities and fun things to do while pregnant. You can tweak any of them to suit your taste or use the listed activities as inspiration to come up with your own list of things to do before your baby’s arrival. All the fun doesn’t have to end simply because you’ve got a growing baby bump!
1. Prenatal yoga
Yoga helps you retain flexibility, builds strength, and calms your nerves and anxiety. It’s a great way to unwind and stretch your body. Many places offer classes specifically for a pregnant mama to do yoga. It’s usually low impact and designed with your pregnancy in mind.
If you’re not comfortable going out to do yoga, or if there isn’t a place in your area that offers classes, there are many classes that you can watch and follow along with online. Just make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard or too far, and relax and take breaks.
2. Create a baby registry for your baby shower
If you’re the type who loves to plan, this is right up your alley. Many people rely upon a baby registry to choose a gift to bring to a baby shower. You can spend countless hours looking in-store or online for baby clothes, baby items, a baby food maker, furniture, and more and adding them to a registry.
After you’ve done that, you can start to plan your baby shower. While these may not sound like fun things to some people, many women love planning and throwing parties and showers.
3. Date night with your partner
For first-time parents, the period before the baby comes is quite possibly the last time for some romance or private time between them for quite some time. Not to say that there will never be date opportunities again, but they’re more limited after you have children.
Most pregnant women enjoy focusing on their relationship before adding to the family. You can do a simple date night at home or go out and have a night on the town. The choice is yours.
4. Board games with friends
Hosting a game night is a fun way to have a low-key get-together with the people you care about without spending a lot of money or putting a lot of stress on yourself. Also, if your friends or family members have busy work schedules or lives, you can host it in the afternoon or early evening, and everyone can still get to bed early.
5. Organize baby’s clothes
Even the first trimester of pregnancy can feel overwhelming. You start to buy things for your little one but soon run out of room. You begin planning baby showers and shopping for things but run out of space to store the supplies.
Unwind by spending a few hours just going through everything you’ve purchased for your baby. Spend the evening putting the crib together with your partner. Go through all of the baby’s clothes and supplies. A little bit of organization can make all the difference regarding peace of mind.
6. Prenatal massage
Every mom-to-be could benefit from a massage. Pregnancy aches and pains can make a woman miserable, and having those sore spots worked out is one of those fun activities with many benefits. You deserve it!
7. Give in to your cravings
Craving sweets? Have one of your date nights revolve around your cravings and go to an ice cream tasting or a food festival! Your taste buds will thank you, and the fresh air of an outdoor market will give new parents who have spent too much time indoors planning for a baby a great way to unwind and enjoy each other’s company.
8. Movie night
Spend a night watching funny movies and eating snacks or binging that series on a streaming service that you’ve told yourself you’re going to watch and never have. All the things you want to do, don’t have to be wild adventures to count as a fun activity.
Move at your own pace and spend time doing what you enjoy. If that’s watching a movie in your old worn-out pajamas and eating a bag of popcorn, then it’s a perfect way to spend an evening.
9. Choose baby names
It’s never easy to pick out a name for your little bundle of joy, whether this is your first baby, second baby, or eighth baby. There are so many options and so many creative names out there that you could spend weeks going through baby name books or search our site for name ideas.
Sit down with your partner, friend, or family member and start making a list of your favorite names. It’s a fun way to laugh as you disagree over names that suddenly mean a lot to you both.
10. Learn to use and operate your baby items
Before your new baby gets here, it may be good to learn to use, set up, or break down your baby things. There’s nothing more frustrating than figuring out how to put your baby carrier on while your newborn is screaming—or getting a stroller to open in the parking lot of the zoo.
Getting familiar with your baby items is a great idea. You can do this at any point in your pregnancy, but try to schedule this activity for your second trimester for the best mobility. This way, you’ve still got a few months before your belly has grown so much that you can barely bend down and take things apart or put things together.
If you wait until the final weeks before labor and delivery, be sure to have someone with you who can help if you find yourself sitting on the floor and unable to get back up.
11. Learn about newborn care
If this is your first baby, you may feel nervous about how you’ll ever figure out how to have a baby and then take care of it. Other moms make it look easy, but you have no idea what you’re doing.
First of all, you’ll figure all of this stuff out. Everyone does. Please take comfort in that most pregnant mothers have no idea what they’re doing when it’s their first pregnancy and child.
You can find many great videos, books, and tutorials that will teach you everything from putting a diaper on a little one to swaddling. Involve your partner, ask another mom you know, or ask your own mom, and spend a day learning. Then write a handwritten note to that veteran mom thanking her. You may be able to nurture a new sort of bond from an activity such as this.
Creative things to do while pregnant
If you were a creative person before pregnancy, you might find that those urges are going into overdrive now. Or maybe you’ve never been very creative, and you’d like to be. The following are some great ideas for creative things you can do while pregnant that are fun and memorable.
1. Have your belly painted
If there is a holiday coming up, a belly painting is a fun thing that you can do or add to your to-do list. For example, you can paint your bump to look like a pumpkin if Halloween is around the corner! This makes for some adorable pictures, and the most fun things about this activity have nothing to do with your artistic talents and everything to do with the memories you make doing it.
You can employ the help of your partner, best friend, mom, or anyone and feel accomplished with your fun artwork on the greatest canvas you’ll ever have!
2. Learn new recipes
Many new moms find it easiest to cook food for their postpartum period before they have the baby. These freezer meals can be a win-win for the mom who has a lot on her plate and no time for the kitchen after baby number one, two, or three arrives.
Take this opportunity to learn some fun new recipes! Try a new restaurant with your partner and then try to recreate the meal at home. Spending quality time with your partner in the kitchen making foods that you’ll be able to savor and enjoy after your baby arrives is a great way to get creative and also be productive.
3. Visit an art museum
Go look at the work of your favorite artists at a local art show or art museum! Seeing all of the creative things with your partner, friends, or even by yourself can give you inspiration for names for your little one, themes for a nursery, and more. If you see an artist or piece of art that you particularly love, see if you can find more of their work, and let yourself be inspired.
4. Create a pregnancy memory book
If you like to scrapbook or create albums online to order, consider putting together a book of your journey through pregnancy. It may seem like you’ve been pregnant for about ten years, but when you look back on this time in your life, you’ll realize that all the stuff you stressed flew by in just moments.
Documenting your journey in a journal, scrapbook, or album will create a touching and fun memento of a time when you were waiting with anticipation for your infant.
When you’re pregnant, there are many things you can do. However, there are some things that you can’t or shouldn’t do. The following are some questions about specific activities that you may have wondered about or perhaps hadn’t even thought of.
Can you go bowling while pregnant?
The golden rule when it comes to physical activity is that you can usually maintain the level of activity that you were at before you conceived, but you shouldn’t exceed it. Physical activity and exercise are great for you and your pregnancy.
So if you enjoyed bowling regularly before you became pregnant, it’s most likely still perfectly safe to do so while pregnant. Go ahead and continue in your bowling league with your friends. Just make sure that you aren’t using a ball that’s too heavy or over-exerting yourself.
Can I go to a concert six months pregnant?
The short answer is: yes. You may be concerned that the noise level will bother your baby, but remember that all sound is muffled by the time it gets to your fetus. Babies love music, so as long as you’re safe in the crowd and don’t do anything too wild like body surfing or jumping into a mosh pit, go ahead and enjoy a concert.
There are many things listed in this article that you can do while pregnant. There are many more that aren’t listed. As long as it’s safe and doesn’t put too much strain on you physically, then it’s generally safe to partake in.
If you ever have any doubts about the safety of an activity, call your doctor and ask. Even if you can’t get an appointment in time to ask your doctor in person, most obstetricians have a nurse available to answer simple questions over the phone.
Let your creative side run wild. Be a productive homebody and organize everything. Go on dates. See a movie. Go on a shopping spree. Do anything that makes you happy, so long as it’s safe. This is a special time; enjoy it!