Pregnancy Checklist - Essentials Things To Do When Pregnant

Here's a list of the essential things you need to do before you give birth to your baby, we have broken down them by trimesters and weeks.

First Trimester

  1. Week 1: If you haven't begun already, you should start taking a prenatal multivitamin along with folic acid every day. You can increase the intake of it up to 600 micrograms if you know for sure that you've got pregnant.
  2. Week 2: For a healthy birth and pregnancy, you should be resorting to a healthy diet possible for the next nine months.
  3. Week 3: You may need to organize a visit to a genetic counselor in case if you're at a risk of having a baby with an inherited disorder.
  4. Week 4: Positive test: You've now become a pregnant woman! Invest in an extra supportive bra if you think your breasts are expanding.
  5. Week 5: Call your doctor to arrange an appointment with him as soon as you find out you're pregnant. While some may prefer seeing you immediately, others may not until you are eight weeks pregnant.
  6. Week 6: While some women don't want to reveal about their pregnancy until the danger of miscarriage drops markedly, around 14 weeks, others spill the beans straightaway. You can tell your boss or coworkers about your pregnancy when you've reached your maternity leave claims. Also, read here how to manage professional and personal life together during pregnancy.
  7. Week 7: By the time your first trimester is about to get over, visit your company's human resources and ask how much maternity leave you can have, whether it will be unpaid, paid, or a unification of both.
  8. Week 8: Most obstetricians perform an ultrasound at the first prenatal visit to determine your pregnancy and give it a date if you aren't aware of the time you conceived. Additionally, thanks to the technological advancements that even let you see how your baby looks inside you and share your first ultrasound images with your friends and family.
  9. Week 9: Generally, pregnant women start attending childbirth-prep courses during their second trimester, and classes fill up quickly. So, find more options in your area and sign up early.
  10. Week 10: Research breastfeeding and newborn-care classes, hospital tours, and if required, big-sibling classes.
  11. Week 11: Between weeks 10 to 12, you may need to undergo Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), it's the diagnostic test performed for chromosomal disorders like Down Syndrome.
  12. Week 12: Between weeks 11-13, a nuchal translucency exam can be done to screen for chromosomal abnormalities and Down Syndrome.
  13. Week 13:  Now that you'll be entering your second trimester, you may want to make the most of your mobility, renewed energy, and good mood to prepare for birth and make your home ready for a new member of the family.

Second Trimester

  1. Week 14: It's time to sign up for prenatal yoga classes. Yoga helps build strength for labor along with improving your agility, flexibility, balance, and posture. You can also begin your shopping for maternity clothes.
  2. Week 15: Your doctor may ask you to take multiple tests to find any abnormalities such as screens for chromosomal abnormalities, neural-tube, and other defects, this is done between weeks 15-20.
  3. Week 16: After week 16, you can think about how you want your labor and birth to happen. To begin, and create a birth plan, visit our guide to a perfect birth plan.
  4. Week 17: Now you can let your employer know that you're pregnant if you did not do so. Prepare a plan for your maternity leave, and ideas about who will be looking after your work during your absence.
  5. Week 18: Between weeks 14-20, your doctor may suggest you an amniocentesis to screen for genetic disorders/chromosomal disorders, if your age is more than 35.
  6. Week 19: Decide whether or not you and your partner would like to know about the gender of the baby.
  7. Week 20: You are halfway your pregnancy!
  8. Week 21: Even though your due date is quite far away, begin reading up on baby care. You won't get the time after your newborn comes home.
  9. Week 22: Write down the names of people you want present at your baby's birth, and discuss it with your family.
  10. Week 23: Join childbirth-education classes, not childbirth prep classes. They also fill up quickly. Try choosing a session that you can complete before the weeks 36-37.
  11. Week 24: Go out on shopping to buy baby furniture and nursery accessories. Though, leave painting and furniture refinishing; fumes pose a hazard to the health of pregnant women.
  12. Week 25: Want to plan a babymoon, do it now!
  13. Week 26: Between weeks 26-28, doctors advise glucose screening for all pregnant women for gestational diabetes.
  14. Week 27: Look into childcare if you have planned to return to work. Daycare centers and nannies aren't easy to find.
  15. Week 28: Around this time, your doctor or midwife will want to see you every two to three weeks. At this week, you can think about getting a life insurance policy.

Third Trimester

  1. Week 29: Go for shopping for the things that'll come in use in the hospital (nursing bras, baby clothes, nightgown, and car seat) and at home (wipes, diapers, etc.). 
  2. Week 30: Call your health insurance company and inform them of your due date. Ask, if they have any requirement for adding a baby to your policy.'
  3. Week 31: Interview labor coaches or doulas.
  4. Week 32: Celebrate your baby shower about one month before your due date. This way, you'll have enough time to buy items you didn't get as gifts. Register your baby shower if you're still planning.
  5. Week 33: Begin locating a lactation specialist; baby nurses or postpartum doulas, in case you need one later.
  6. Week 34: Time to wash, fold, and put away all your baby clothes and install an infant seat in your car.
  7. Week 35: Indulge in some general safeguarding in your home. Fit smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house. Keep your water heater at low, 120° F maximum.
  8. Week 36: Fix meetings with several pediatricians and select one. Your baby needs to be checked immediately after birth. Contemplate whether you want your baby circumcised if there's is a chance of having a boy. Besides, analyze cord-banking options.   
  9. Week 37: Keep your bag ready for the hospital as a baby is considered at term three weeks before the due date. Your doctor will want you to see every week starting at week 38. Also, he will order a culture of Group B Strep, a type of bacterial infection found in a pregnant woman's vagina or rectum, that can adversely affect the baby.    
  10. Week 38: Invest in nursing bras and pads. If you want to breastfeed the baby immediately after birth, read up on techniques and keep resources at your fingertips when you come home back. Attend a local La Leche League group and meet the leader and other moms; you may not want to feel like a stranger when you call them up for help.   
  11. Week 39: Many women prefer taking their maternity leave weeks before their due date. If you want to work until the end, do leave an "if I go into labor tonight" memo at work.
  12. Week 40: Relish these last days of your pregnancy. Savor the moment that a little being is moving and grooving inside your womb because, after a while, he/she will be in front of your eyes. You won't believe how much you're going to miss these days.