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?
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!
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