Pregnancy checklist: First trimester to-dos
Congratulations, mama – you’re pregnant! You’re probably overcome with joy and maybe a little anxious, too. Don’t stress! Here’s what you’ll need to tackle during your first trimester:
- Take a home pregnancy test (and tell your partner the exciting news!)
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin and avoid risky foods (including raw eggs, deli meat and raw fish)
- Quit smoking, drinking alcohol and reduce your caffeine intake (limit to one 12-ounce cup of coffee per day)
- Eat well and stay hydrated
- Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week
- Find an OBGYN, midwife or other prenatal care provider
- Check your health insurance – does your insurance cover prenatal care and delivery?
- Schedule your first prenatal appointment
- Talk to your doctor or midwife about prenatal and genetic testing, such as a nuchal translucency screening
- Check your finances – how will pregnancy, baby and maternity leave impact you? Make a budget and create a savings plan.
- Talk to your partner about parenting – how do you want to raise your child?
Pregnancy checklist: Second trimester to-dos
Can you believe that you’re already in your second trimester! By now, you’re looking and feeling great. Time is going by fast, but don’t worry – here’s a handy list of things to get done during your second trimester:
- Shop for maternity clothes – You might not be showing right now, but you will be soon!
- Plan and design your nursery – Have some fun designing your little one’s space.
- Decide if you want to find out your baby’s gender – This is typically shared with you during your anatomy ultrasound, so be sure to let your care team know your decision.
- Choose the hospital where you’ll give birth – This is an important decision, so take a few tours!
- Start thinking about and planning for childcare – Do you want a nanny? Daycare center?
- Find a prenatal exercise class – Meet other mamas-to-be in your area and keep moving!
- Learn about second trimester prenatal tests – A number of tests can tell you if your baby might have certain chromosomal disorders.
- Start applying moisturizer to your belly – To help as it grows and stretches with your baby.
- Choose your favorite baby names – Pick some of your favorites. You can even share them with close friends and family.
- Look into childbirth classes – Find the one that’s right for your sooner rather than later because they can fill up fast.
- Start sleeping on your side – This will help to make sleeping more comfortable for you. You can use a pillow between your legs to adjust to this new way of sleeping.
- Start doing Kegel exercises – This can help you prevent leaks during and after pregnancy while also helping to minimize hemorrhoids.
- Create a baby registry – Get ready for your baby shower and baby’s arrival!
Pregnancy checklist: Third trimester to-dos
You’re in the home stretch! Baby’s grand entrance will be here before you know it – which means it’s time to check off the last items on your to-do list. Here’s what you’ll need to do before the big day:
- Check out child care in your area, if needed
- Rh negative moms: Get your Rh injection
- Start keeping track of baby’s kicks
- Sign up for childbirth classes
- Decide whether you plan to breastfeed. Talking with our lactation specialists or signing up for a breastfeeding class can help with your decision.
- Talk with your care team about cord blood banking
- Your doctor may screen you for signs of depression during pregnancy. But if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, let him or her know right away.
- Practice your breathing and relaxation exercises
- Decide what you’d like to use for birth control, if using contraception, after baby arrives
- Choose baby’s pediatrician. Talk to your practitioner if you need suggestions.
- Get your group B strep test (GBS)
- Pack your hospital bag
- Pick up any last-minute items you’ll need to get through baby’s first few weeks
- Put together any remaining nursery furniture
- Install baby’s car seat and have it inspected
- Go to your appointments (every other week)
- Your doctor may screen you for signs of depression during pregnancy. But if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, let him or her know.
- Decide whether you’ll circumcise baby, if you’re having a boy
- Prep grab-and-go meals to pop in the freezer (chili, soups, casseroles, etc.)
- Pack baby’s hospital bag
- Go to your appointments (every week)
- Try your best to rest and relax
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