Pregnancy Checklist

 

 

Trying to Conceive

Week 1 Start taking a folic acid supplement or multi vitamin that contains at least 400mg of folic acid daily.
Week 2 Cut out pregnancy no-nos in your diet, such as smoking, alcohol and caffeine. Learn the nutritional requirements for pregnancy.
Week 3 Collect your medical history. Ask parents and grandparents about any possible inherited genetic disorders.

 

First Trimester

Week 4 Positive test! Call your doctor as soon as you believe you’re pregnant. Some will want to see you right away; others will want to wait until you are at eight weeks.
Week 5 Head to your favorite lingerie department and invest in a good bra. Tell the fitter you’re pregnant and consider buying a size bigger than you need now.
Week 6 Talk to your partner about when and how you want to let people know.
Week 7 Research your company’s maternity leave policy.
Week 8 Baby’s first photo! Many obstetricians will do an ultrasound at your first prenatal visit to confirm your pregnancy and to date it accurately.
Week 9 Start researching childbirth classes now. Slots fill up quickly. Also, research your options for a doula and/or a midwife if you are interested in those services.
Week 10 Look up remedies for morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms. Try to rest and take it easy. Many women have less energy in the first trimester.
Week 11 Research the genetic tests and screenings that may be done in the next few weeks. Some are common; others are specialized. Find out if your insurance will cover additional testing.
Week 12 Your doctor will want to see you every four weeks. Be sure to book your prenatal visits on time. Also, schedule a dental checkup and cleaning if you haven’t had one recently.
Week 13 Research all of your feeding options so you can make an informed decision between breast and bottle (or both).

 

Second Trimester

Week 14 Sign up for a prenatal yoga class or buy a DVD. Talk to your doctor about a good exercise plan that includes light cardio and strength training.
Week 15 Start shopping for maternity clothes.
Week 16 Begin to think about how you want your labor and delivery to play out. Discuss with your partner how you feel about pain medications, inductions, C-sections and other procedures, as well as who will be invited into the birthing room.
Week 17 Tell your employer you’re pregnant if you haven’t already done so. Be ready with a plan for your maternity leave as well as ideas about who will cover for you during your absence. Find out if your partner is eligible for family leave.
Week 18 Between weeks 14-20, your doctor may order an amniocentesis if you’re 35 or older to screen for chromosomal/genetic disorders including Down syndrome and spina bifida.
Week 19 Decide if you want to know the gender of your baby. Doctors usually schedule an ultrasound that can determine sex around 20 weeks.
Week 20 You’re halfway there! Schedule a tour of your hospital’s maternity ward.
Week 21 Start researching childcare options in your area.
Week 22 Talk with your partner about your pre- and post-baby budget. Be sure to consider whether your maternity leave is paid or unpaid, whether you intend to return to work, and the cost of childcare.
Week 23 Sign up for a childbirth-education class. Choose a session you can complete before your 36th or 37th week.
Week 24 Start shopping for baby furniture and nursery accessories. Start a baby registry.
Week 25 Craving a babymoon? Do it now. Research airline and cruise ship policies, as some limit when pregnant women can travel.
Week 26 Between weeks 26-28, you will have a glucose screening to test for gestational diabetes.
Week 27 Consider if you want to have pregnancy portraits taken. If so, schedule a photographer.
Week 28 Think about getting a life insurance policy and setting up a will naming a guardian for your baby.

 

Third Trimester

Week 29 Start shopping for items you’ll need in the hospital (nursing bras, nightgown, baby clothes, car seat) and at home (diapers, wipes, etc.).
Week 30 Pick out birth announcements and have them ready to go for after the baby is born.
Week 31 Call your health insurance company and ask about adding your newborn to your policy.
Week 33 Start asking friends and family if they will be willing to help out after the baby is born. Interview baby nurses or postpartum doulas, and consider locating a lactation consultant if you plan to breastfeed.
Week 34 Wash, fold and put away all of your baby clothes, stock your changing station and install your infant car seat. Have the car seat checked by a professional.
Week 35 Consider cooking and freezing some food for when you bring the baby home. Do some general safety checks in your home: Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and lower your water heater to 120° F max.
Week 36 Meet with pediatricians and choose one. Consider whether you’ll circumcise if there’s a possibility you’re having a boy. Research cord-blood-banking options.
Week 37 Pack your bag for the hospital (don’t forget your phone book and extra batteries for the camera). Make sure you know your doctor’s instructions for when to go to the hospital and the best route to get there.
Week 38 If you plan to breastfeed, read up on techniques and gather resources to have at your fingertips when you come home. Buy nursing pads and bras. If you plan to bottle feed, buy formula, bottles and nipples in several sizes.
Week 39 Many women begin maternity leave weeks before their due date. If you plan to work up until the end, leave an “If I go into labor tonight…” memo at work. If you’ll be returning to work and plan to breastfeed, find or create a suitable place to pump.
Week 40 Time to wait! Try to rest and relax up until the big day.
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