The Best Things To Do from Home while Pregnant
Stuck at home? Looking for something to do while pregnant? Here are some fun activities and distractions to keep you busy and productive right now.
They can all be done from home in your comfy pants.
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11 Activities to Do At Home While Pregnant
1. Prepare to Breastfeed and Pump
If you can’t go and do at this point in your pregnancy, you might as well take advantage of the extra time, right?
A really smart way to use your time at home is preparing for breastfeeding and pumping. Many new moms find this to be one of THE biggest challenges of having a baby.
It doesn’t have to be!
Be prepared, Mama. You can (and should) prepare yourself for breastfeeding and/or pumping while you’re pregnant. The BEST way to do that is with this incredible online class by Milkology.
Stacey is THE go-to source for breastfeeding advice. She literally created an entire curriculum to help pregnant moms-to-be feel confident going into pumping and nursing their babies.
And she sells it sooo cheap (like, less than 20 bucks cheap.)
She teaches you everything you need to know and you can choose from or bundle these 3 tailored courses:
I wrote a full review with more details on her amazing courses, plus tips on How to Prepare for Breastfeeding and Pumping Before Baby is Born. Check it out.
This is really an essential resource for pregnant women.2. Prepare for Labor
Preparing for labor and delivery is another super important step in preparing for Baby to arrive, so don’t skip it. Most hospitals offer a class on-site, but if you’re avoiding hospital germs, you’re on bed rest, or just don’t have the time, what do you do?
Take this fantastic Online Prenatal Class by my girl, Hilary at Pulling Curls.
She’s a real-life L&D nurse and knows her stuff. It’s done completely at your own pace, on your schedule, AND it’s a couples class so your birth partner can be ready as well.
Seriously, this one of the most important things to do while pregnant and one of the best uses of your time as you prepare for Baby.
Trust me, you want to feel completely informed about what’s going on when this labor things goes down.
Fear = Pain
Understanding what is happening will remove sooo much of the fear of childbirth and help you enjoy bringing your baby into the world (as much as possible.)
This online labor class is super helpful and sooo much more convenient than spending your entire Saturday at a hospital.
(Believe me, because I literally fell asleep during the one at my hospital. Aw. Ful.)
*Not to mention, many hospital classes are cancelled right now.
Hilary will teach you the must-knows about labor, delivery, and newborn care in a really cool way, PLUS she goes into the questions we’re embarrassed to ask like:
“What if I POOP while pushing?!”
This is an excellent use of your time at home and I highly recommend taking this course sooner rather than later in your pregnancy. You’ll feel confident and READY to do this thing!
You’ll even get a discount with the code OY10 when you enroll in the course here.
Here’s my full review with more details on the class.
3. Start your Baby Registry
If you haven’t already, start your baby registry. Yep, even if you’re in your first trimester. Because it honestly takes forever to find all the things.
Since you’re at home anyway, spend your time getting organized so you don’t have to later. Read reviews, find favorite baby items, and think through what will work best for your family.
For example, decide a few things:
Will you use a co-sleeper, bassinet, or crib?
Will you use a baby wrap, baby carrier, infant seat, stroller, or all of the above?
Will you use glass bottles or plastic?
What kind of diaper bag do you need?
Will you make your own baby food?
Get started making some of these decisions and registering for the right baby products for you. I felt so overwhelmed trying to get everything chosen and sorted before my baby showers.
I LOVE using an Amazon Baby Registry.
I don’t have to go into a store (and neither do my friends and family.) Loved ones can just see my registry online and have it shipped right to my house.
Yes please and thankyouverymuch.
If you’ve already had all of your baby showers or you think they may not happen, check this list of Practical Baby Items You Probably Won’t Get at Your Baby Shower. Make sure there aren’t any basics you need to go ahead and order yourself.
4. Spring Cleaning
If you’re able, do allll the things to get your house germ-free and newborn-ready. I love these natural cleaning wipes and disinfectant spray (much safer for Mama and Baby than the chemical-drenched brands.)
You can make your own cleaning solutions with this Spring Cleaning Essential Oil Set (I have this and use it alllll the time, before and after my babies are born.)
I also recommend stocking up on this hand sanitizer as it’s alcohol and dye-free, which is much gentler on Baby’s skin. (Think changing Baby’s diaper, sanitizing your hands at the changing station, then the first thing you touch is your baby.)
Or you can make your own with this great homemade hand sanitizer from Living Well Mom.
Another thing you can do to prepare the house for Baby is get down on Baby’s level and clean. Think about where they’ll be laying on a blanket or crawling and give it a good once-over.
Wipe your baseboards and cabinets, mop your floors, and vaccuum (girl, I just got one of these and I’m NEVER going back. Worth. It.)
Next, catch up on laundry and wash and hang Baby’s clothes. Don’t forget to switch to a natural laundry detergent for Baby AND yourself (because snuggling.)
Basically, use your days at home to get things clean and tidy while you have the time. You never know how early or unexpectedly things can happen.
5. Bond with your Baby Daddy
We need some FUN things to do while pregnant too, right?
Try some of these fun to-do’s:
- Re-binge your favorite shows
- Watch funny movies (love this list of movies to watch while pregnant!)
- Start a Pregnancy Journal
- Read books with Hubby
- Order all the Take Out Food
- Have a Game Night (board games are underrated y’all)
- Spark Some Romance (snuggle up and stay in bed)
- Finally Decide on a Baby Name
- Design the Nursery (and get started!)
- Try out The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People
I’m not kidding.
Let yourself sleep in. Go to bed early. Take naps on naps on naps.
Once Baby comes, this luxury is GONE. I don’t mean for a while…parenting means sacrificing your sleep so you can either care for little ones while they are awake or salvage some adulthood/get stuff done while they sleep.
And if you’re thinking “sleeping isn’t exactly comfortable right now,” you’ve gotta change that!
These pregnancy pillows are LIFE-SAVERS when you’re preggers.
Number 2 on that list is my absolute favorite pregnancy item ever (and it rolls over into newborn life by becoming a fantastic breastfeeding pillow and useful for Baby’s propping/tummy time.)
It’s sooo comfortable and helpful for sleeping while pregnant. Remember sleeping?
That pillow is just the best.
I love it so much, y’all. It’s one of those “shut up and take my money” kind of products. Go buy it.
Then go to sleep.
7. Hydrate & Stay Healthy
Please take care of yourself right now, Mama. Don’t take germs and viruses lightly. You’re protecting two. Take all the precautions and be smart about it.
There are a lot of things you can do while pregnant to take care of your body. Do them.
- Keep your prenatal appointments
-Listen to your OB-GYN’s advice and do what she says. It’ll be worth it.
- Take your prenatal vitamins
- DRINK WATER
–Having a GREAT water bottle with you at all times makes all the difference. This one is the BEST water bottle for pregnancy and breastfeeding that I’ve found. Here’s my list of the 5 top water bottles for staying hydrated during pregnancy.
- Eat well
–For the most part. I mean, I know mama’s gotta splurge some.
-Try prenatal yoga or simply walking/light jogging. I just got this treadmill and I’m in love. I turn on my show and go for a 20-30 minute brisk walk. Easy and I feel great.
- Treat your Anxiety
–Please prioritize your mental health. If you’re struggling with stress or anxiety, talk to your doc about natural options. This post is my story of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and how I treated it naturally.
8. Get Outside
Even if you’re on bed rest or stuck indoors right now, you can still get out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This is crucial to overall physical and mental health!
Ways to Enjoy Being Outside At Home:
- Sit outside and read a book
- Lay out in a hammock and listen to music
- Sit in a comfy chair and chat on the phone
- Go for a light neighborhood stroll
- Start a garden (herb gardens are easy!)
- Create an outdoor play space for Baby
- Try painting or drawing a landscape
- Sit outside while checking off your online to-do list
- Sit outside while you order groceries online (we have ours delivered now and it’s amazing)
There are many options here, but the point is, don’t let yourself go crazy indoors. Being “stuck at home” doesn’t have to mean being trapped indoors.
9. Catch Up with Friends
Once baby arrives, it’s actually pretty tough to make time to catch up with loved ones who don’t live locally. Now’s the time!
If you’re going stir-crazy and don’t have enough human interaction in your life, try setting up phone dates with Mom, Sister, Bestie, Grandma, and your old co-worker.
It’ll be a lot more fun than you expect (I always end phone conversations thinking “why don’t we do that more?!”)
And don’t forget FaceTime, Skype, etc. are a great option too.
If you’re starved for a good girls night out, set up a “virtual date” with your bestie or your mama. Put on some make up and a cute top (comfy maternity leggings on bottom are allowed,) make a fun mocktail, and relive old times with your girl.
It’ll be fun. Promise.
Make time for the people you care about now. You may not have that luxury in a few months!
10. Prepare for Baby
I recommend the next few pregnancy to-do list items to every pregnant mama, whether or not she’s staying home, especially if you’re nearing or in your 3rd trimester.
These are some genius things you can do to make your life SO much easier when Baby arrives.
Think things like:
- Preparing a postpartum care kit
- Prepping freezer meals
- Prepping your phone for new mom life
- Budgeting for Baby (So smart.)
- Organizing…well everything…before Baby arrives
This is sort of my specialty. I have multiple posts where I go into detail on how to best prepare for baby.
Check them out:
I honestly believe you’ll find some tips in here that you not only won’t find elsewhere, but you’ll also be incredibly glad you did while pregnant.
Take some time to work through these posts while you have some time.
11. Start a Side Hustle
Ok, now for my favorite unique tip, which I truly think you’ll be better off for doing…
Make money from home.
An excellent thing to do when you’re pregnant is to invest in you and your baby’s future.
Spend some of your time considering how you can secure a great income for your family after Baby arrives, especially if you want to be a stay at home mom.
If you’re looking for a great way to make money from home as a mom:
I began this blog while my first baby was about 18 months old and I was preggers with my second.
Best. Decision. Ever.
I LOVE working from home while spending tons of time raising my littles. It is so fun. Even though it’s hard work, I see so much reward on the other side of that work.
Blogging is a great way to have a voice in the world, make a difference in people’s lives, do something other than “momming,” and bring in an income for your family.
If you’re wondering how a blog makes money or how to get started, check out my post:
Starting a side hustle while you’re at home during pregnancy could be one of the best uses of your time. Think on it!
Other To-Do’s During Pregnancy
Ok, mama, that should give you plenty of creative things to do while pregnant. If you have more great ideas, leave a comment!
If you’re looking for more to check off of your to-do list or more tips on pregnancy, babies, or new mom life:
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