40 for 40!

40 Things to do in Ottawa When You’re 40 Weeks Pregnant

You are so done.

You want your baby to be healthy and come in his or her own time but this has been the longest 40 weeks of your life, and you're ready to meet your baby!

So, you could keep testing old wives tales and hoping labour begins, or you could try a few of our forty favourite activities that Ottawa parents can do when they've reached their due date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.     Take a nap! For some, it seems counter intuitive to get more rest when they could be walking and lunging and stimulating labour, but we often find rest is just as useful for getting labour going if your body is ready.

2.     Play board games at the Loft Lounge

3.     Get a prenatal massage.

4.     Test your problem-solving skills at Escape Manor. You are locked in a room and have to solve a series of clues to escape!

5.     Tentatively schedule your newborn photography session.

6.     July through September visit Northern Lights, the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill . A nightly event, the show documents prominent figures and events throughout Candian history.

7.     Write a letter to your baby.

8.     Buy a baby book so you can document all your baby’s milestones.

9.     Have a sunset picnic at Westboro Beach.  

10. Install your baby’s car seat.

11. Finish up the nursery with a trip to Snuggle Bugz.      

12. Stock up on nutricious snacks to fuel your postpartum recovery.       

13. Fondue Monday’s at Absinthe.

14. Prepare to breastfeed with a private consultation from an Ottawa IBCLC.

15. Beat those hot flashes with gelato at Montovani.          

16. Prepare slow cooker freezer meals for easy to make dinners after you baby comes.

17. Visit the National Gallery of Canada.

18. Go to a movie.

19. Visit your chiropractor to ensure everything is lined up for your baby’s birth.

20. See an acupuncturist. They know a few things about getting labour started.

21. On Wednesdays, head over to Yoga on Parliament Hill. Modify any poses for comfort.

22. Picnic at Andrew Hayden Park and visit the lighthouse for fabulous views.

23. Indulge in a pedicure.

24. Buy yourself flowers at Lansdowne Farmer’s Market.    

25. Spend an afternoon at ByWard Market.

26. Indulge in a sweet treat and amp up your Instagram game at The Cupcake Lounge, or SuzyQ Doughtnuts.  

27. Go window shopping in Westboro Village.

28. Paint some pottery at Mud Oven.

29. Buy a baby carrier.

30. Go for a Capital Country Drive.

31. Feed the animals at Omega Park.

32. Make labor-aide!

33. Play with Pinterest! Create some new boards for your parenting adventures with pins for making baby food, nursery rhymes, baby activities, etc.

34. Visit UC Baby Ottawa for 3D/4D ultrasound. Late pregnancy ultrasounds can be a little tricky when it comes to visibility but it’s a great way to feel connected before your baby’s birth. The heartbeat bears make a great gift for grandparents-to-be!

35. Sign up for a baby registry and make it easy for your baby shower attendees to pick the perfect gift. If you’ve already prepared your baby gift registry, go over it and make sure your needs haven’t changed.

36. Hire a birth doula! It’s never too late, unless your baby has already been born. In that case you should…

37. Hire a postpartum doula.

38. Shop for nursing tops and dresses.

39. Write a postpartum plan! We’d love to help!

40. Get some serious rest and relaxation. Whethers its just a quiet noght in, a long soak in the tub, or an afternoon of Netflix, your body has been working very hard for the past nine months. Put your feet up!

May Fun in Ottawa

Spring is in full swing here in Ottawa, and it's time to start putting away the rain gear and enjoy a little sun. We know you’ve been restless and waiting for warmer weather to get the kids out and about and now is your chance. Ottawa has so many fun activities for your family to do this month! We hope to see you at some of them!

 

Meet The Doulas | May 6, 2017

Come join us at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre from 10-3. Meet our doulas, check out our packages, and get some great deals while you are there! We can't wait to meet you in person.

Ottawa Children’s Festival | May 10-14, 2017

The list of fun activities to do with your children at Ottawa’s annual Children’s Festival at LeBreton Flats is too long for one little blog post! Facepainting, the Long and McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo where children can explore musical instruments with professional guidance, and the Africa Land Circus are just a few of the activities you can take in with your kids. We’re looking forward to the Puppets Up! Workshop where little ones can make their very own finger puppets!

Canadian Tulip Festival | May 12-22, 2017

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. In Ottawa, that means it's time for the Canadian Tulip Festival! What better way is there to welcome spring than painting wooden tulips with the children or eating tulip cookies at the Tulip Julip Tulip Café at Aberdeen Pavillion in Landsdowne Park? With a variety of children's entertainers, millions of tulips, and special events like Yoga in the Tulips, there's something for all ages at the Tulip Festival.

65th Annual Tulipmania Fireworks | May 21, 2017

Celebrate Victoria Day long weekend with a big bang at the Tulipmania Fireworks show!2017 marks the 65th years of the Tulipmania Fireworks in celebration of Queen Victoria. Don’t miss the show at TD Place at Lansdowne (1015 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON). The music and fireworks show promise to be some of the best you'll see! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the pre-fireworks show entertainment CTV’s Sarah Freemark. Admission starts at 7:30 PM.

Ottawa Welcomes the World | Ongoing in 2017

Since March, our city has been celebrating Canada’s diversity with Ottawa Celebrates the World. Embassies and high commissions from around the globe have been marking their country’s national celebrations at Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building. Each unique event encourages attendees to enjoy a variety of cultural food, music, art, performances and more! May 2017 brings celebrations from Poland, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guyana, Serbia and Ethiopia. 

We know that checking things out when you are pregnant or have a brand new baby can seem overwhelming. When getting your shoes requires help, heading out for festivals and activities can see as challenging as getting to Mars. But getting out, especially with your new baby, can help you to reconnect with your community, meet other new parents, and even find some playdate friends. And remember, there is no rule that says you can't spend most of the time sipping a latte on a patio!

Where in Ottawa do I go with my baby?

You prepared for your birth experience and packed your hospital bag weeks in advance of needing it. Your nursery is organized and clean, and tiny sleepers are washed and ready to be worn. Your bedside table has What to Expect The First Year, Breastfeeding Basics and two half full glasses of water and a record of all baby's first poops, pees and feedings.

You finally feel like you would like to leave this nest and try going out with your new baby. But where? And how?

Ottawa has so many family-friendly activities and places to visit, but if you're new to parenthood it might be daunting to go out. Your diaper bag might not have everything in it, or you're scared you'll forget something if you venture out with baby. Fear not! You have everything you need as long as you have your baby and your keys, and maybe a pacifier.

Your local Early Years Centre has drop-in programming for 0-12 month olds, and is a great place to start if you want to meet other new moms in your community.  A trip to IKEA can be easy because it's a very family friendly store, with clean washrooms and lots of places to change the baby. You can enjoy a cinnamon bun while your baby snoozes in a carrier or the stroller. The Ottawa Public Library offers baby story time at all locations (check your location for times) and is another free activity that's great for making new friends with babies. Pop Up Painters offers three week baby sensory classes, a perfect amount of time to try it out without weeks of commitment.

Finally, remember that not all outings are successful. Sometimes just getting in the car is exhausting and baby cries once she is placed in the car seat. Sometimes finding a drive-through coffee is enough to get out of the house and change the scenery, and make you appreciate that spot in bed just that much more.

Ottawa Family Doula is a birth and postpartum doula supporting families in Ottawa. Exceptional and confident care for your pregnancy to have your birth and your baby, your way. Specializing in all types of birth at all hospitals and birth centres in Ottawa.