Your shoes may feel tight on your feet since you're retaining water, so it's time to indulge in one of pregnancy's best perks: shoe shopping! Look for a pair that doesn't rub and is roomy enough to provide a finger's breadth between its tip and your big toe. Choose shoes with thick soles for stability, and straps or laces that you can loosen as your feet expand.
Try this simple exercise to gear up for labor: Sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Line your shoulders up with your hips and place one hand on your belly and the other hand on your back, just above your waist. Take a deep breath, expanding the belly as you inhale (a "belly breath"). Exhale while contracting your abs to pull your belly button in. Squeeze and hold, then release (but don't go all the way back to the expanded position). Repeat. Each squeeze-and-release counts as one contraction, so aim to do 25, five times a day.
Share your worries about becoming a mom with your partner. This way, he'll know that you don't have all the answers and that you need his help to figure out your new role.
Baby showers traditionally take place in the last four to six weeks of pregnancy. Bring your firstborn to your baby shower and have her sit in a special place next to you. She can participate in the games, regale the crowd with her songs and stories, and perform a fun and important big-sister task: unwrapping presents. So she doesn't feel left out, prepare a goody bag filled with little presents and treats for her to take home.
Start thinking about where you want to set up a nursing station. Breastfeeding two babies can take a long time, and you deserve a convenient area in your home to do it in. It should have enough space for everything you need, like a comfortable chair, food, beverages (nursing moms drink tons of water!), a telephone, and a remote control if a TV is within viewing distance.