9 Things to do this Fall When You're 9 Months Pregnant in Northern Virginia
That last month is the hardest month, it also seems to be the longest month of your pregnancy. We completely understand the feeling of being "done" and ready to meet your precious baby. To help you get through that last month, we have compiled a list of 9 fun things to do when you are 9 months pregnant in Northern Virginia. Enjoy those last few weeks with these fun distractions and fill those days with fun memories to tell your baby about when they are older.
- Pumpkin Patch
This is a classic must do fall activity for families and expecting parents. Pick your baby's first pumpkin at one of our favorite pumpkin patches. We love pumpkins from the Hartland Orchard in Markham, Virginia, this patch is worth the drive. Also enjoy the Fall Festival at Cox Farm in Centerville, Virginia and pick your own amazing pumpkin.
- Apple Picking
It isn't fall without Apple Cider, Apple Pie and Local Apples. Our absolute favorite place to pick and buy apples is Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia. Years of family tradition combined with the taste of a perfect apple makes it the place to go for picking and buying. Another great place to pick apples and pumpkins is the Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia.
- Go for a walk
This isn't a walk to "bring on labor" fall in the Northern Virginia region is beautiful. We have an abundance of maple and oak trees with gorgeous leaves, a slight breeze and it smells like fall. Go for a walk to enjoy the day and the colors and let your mind relax. Walk around the neighborhood or at your favorite park.
- Go for a drive Not far from Northern Virginia is the scenic Skyline Drive that starts in the Shenandoah National Park, the closest entrance is in Front Royal, Virginia. The leaves are changing and it is the perfect time to take this beautiful drive. This drive is romantic and all it needs is some Frank Sinatra and a place to stop and enjoy the view.
- Enjoy the products of fall
It doesn't get much better than local produce. Its clean, low spray, local grown and you're supporting local businesses. In giving back you get some great tasting additions to your meals. We suggest the Tysons Sunday Farmers' Market. Visit their website for a list of vendors and available products.
- Go on a date night
Right now it is just you and your partner, it is quiet and you can go wherever you want for a date night. There are lots of fun couple classes, but our pick is a date night pottery class with Jimmy Potters' Studio in Fairfax, Virginia. Not only will you laugh and have a great time you will have something to take home after and use on a daily basis.
- Enjoy the Arts
It is amazing what humans can do and dance has always been a form of art and entertainment. The Workhouse Arts Center has a fantastic list of classes and events to choose from. The Small Plates: Choreography Festival, in Lorton, Virginia is our top pick, the tickets are cheap and it will be a fun night out.
- Get moving
Prenatal yoga - calming, centering and relaxing - strengthens your body and mind and is a great way to prepare for childbirth. As long as you have the go ahead to be active, try out Sun & Moon Yoga Studio's Prenatal Yoga classes. They have locations in Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia so pick the one closest to you.
Shopping is therapeutic, you will also get some walking in and put your mind at ease because you have all of those last minute items that you keep thinking about. If you have nothing on your list, get yourself a gift for baby's arrival! Women spend lots of time preparing for baby's arrival, but that usually includes baby items and things that you need for baby. Appreciate the work you are doing and pamper yourself.
Take these last few weeks and pamper yourself, keep yourself busy because baby will be here before you know it. Once you settle in at home, if you find that some extra support would help you keep on schedule, get some rest or get your todo list done, give us a call or send an email. Our Postpartum Doulas will be there to support you every step of the way.