I never stopped going out by myself. I did decide not to go anywhere too far away once I only had a couple of weeks to go - but actually by the last week I didn't feel like doing much as I was having on-off contractions each night (and couldn't walk far with spd!) So I did start taking it easy then. As a pp said, labour is actually very slow. My experience is that your body will let you know when to slow down. Even if you start getting contractions when you're out, they are likely to be irregular and milder to begin with so you have plenty of time to sort yourself out. My waters never broke, I did have a slight worry that it would be embarrassing if it happened when out in public but you don't know when baby is coming and you'll go stir crazy if you confine yourself to the house! It's so exciting and nervewracking waiting for labour and you do worry how you'll know when it's time to go to hospital etc - but the reality is that you'll definitely know when you need to go in and it's not the immediate 'action station' rush to hospital situation that you see on tv and films
I never stopped going out by myself, I'd have gone loony as DH works full time and my parents don't live anywhere close to us. I went off to a gallery in Central London, by myself, when I was 10 days overdue. I was hoping it would encourage baby's arrival. Nope, she still stayed in for another two days!
The day I went into labour I lay in bed until about 3pm. Lazy day, got up went to get a new tyre for my car. And amazing carpark attendant put my spare on for me a couple of days earlier. Went for a back massage then went late night shopping, whiles wandering the shopping center I couldn't decide was I having braxton hicks or was this early labour. I went home for about 9pm DH got home from work about 9am the next morning.
Just read the rest of the replies. And note the comment from somebody "you still mobile" my FIL kept asking could I still fit behind the wheel. Well for the record I drove right up to being in labour too.
I never stopped going out on my own. Ex DH wasn't interested when I was pg in giving me any preferential treatment so I had no choice. I was out, normally with 3 children in tow, up until I was induced at 39+6.
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