If you are anything like me, you have a lot of questions on what all you need to do and when during your pregnancy. I noticed my pregnant friends also had the same questions as me. So I decided to help out other pregnant women with this list to get you started and give you a general idea of what to expect. It’s also great for source to line things up so you are not caught off guard with last minute tasks throughout your pregnancy or missing important deadlines.
Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! Now What?
The second you find out you are pregnant – take a daily prenatal vitamin. These should be started the year prior to conceiving and continued throughout your pregnancy. You should also call your doctor, if you already have one picked out, to schedule your first prenatal visit.
5 weeks – Start Kegal exercises. It is never too early!
5-8 weeks – Pick a birthing center, or midwife, if you are using one. These places fill up fast. So don’t delay or you might be out of luck if you really had your heart set on a birth center or home birth.
9 weeks – Start looking for a photographer that has availability for later in the pregnancy, especially if you have your heart set on a specific one and they are busy. You’ll want to make sure you are on their books for an appointment before your second trimester.
10 weeks – Blood test for gender and genetic issues. This is optional. It is usually covered by insurance if you are over the age of 35.
10-16 weeks – Buy maternity underwear, nursing bra, and bigger pants or loose dresses. Everyone’s body and pregnancy is different. So you might be able to get away with wearing a hair tie around the button to keep wearing the same pants. It’s OK to buy bigger/maternity clothes when you need them. No sense in being uncomfortable. For me, this happened a lot sooner than I expected and I should have bought these items sooner as I would have been far more comfortable earlier on.
12 weeks – Sonogram. Most doctors will do a 12 week sonogram. Check with your doctor for their sonogram schedule.
12-14 weeks – Nuchal Translucency sonogram test (per doctor’s recommendation, as needed/optional)
13 weeks – Start a baby registry. The BabyList app is a good one, because it keeps all the stores together in one place. Check with your local stores, because they sometimes offer gifts and incentives for having a registry with them. Once you know what store you want to use, you can transfer all of the goodies from your BabyList to that registry.
14 weeks – Keep an eye out for diaper and wipe deals. Buy them as you can after price shopping. You can always return un-opened boxes if you don’t like that brand, baby has a sensitivity to it, or they outgrow the size you bought.
15 weeks – Start using stretch mark cream daily.
16 weeks – Start looking for a newborn photographer. Especially if they book quickly.
20 weeks – Sonogram, anatomy scan (check with your doctor’s schedule)
21 weeks – Order your breast pump. Most insurances cover breast pumps 100%. This company is fast with processing and shipping. They also give you a free pumping bra! www.pumpingessentials.com use this code “OH-82452″ in the “Friend – Referral Code” field. If you are planning to breastfeed at all, you will want a pump!
20-24 weeks – Hospital tour (if going to hospital)
22-28 weeks – Birth classes. Your midwife will set these up for you or provide you with recommendations for where to go. If you are delivering at a hospital, ask the hospital if they have birth classes there. Start and continue your workout routine to strengthen your body for labor. They should teach you these in the birth class. If they don’t, ask your doctor or instructor what exercises would be good.
23 weeks – Finalize baby registry. This should be completed by the time the baby shower invitations go out. Be sure to register for diapers, if you are using disposable!
24 weeks – Interview, tour, pick out, and register for child care. Depending on where you live, day cares can fill up quickly.
25 weeks – Make plans for your pets or kids while you are in hospital or laboring.
26 weeks – Pick out some names you like for the baby.
28 weeks – Start looking for a pediatrician. Get recommendations from friends or your local mom groups. Be sure to check with your insurance to make sure they are an in-network provider. You will probably start seeing your doctor or midwife every 2 weeks now.
29 weeks – Look into lactation consultant recommendations and check to see if your insurance will cover any of them. Keep these numbers hand for after baby is born.
24-28 weeks – Start counting kicks
24-34 weeks – Baby shower
24-34 weeks – (after the baby shower) Start buying 1 box of diapers each week, if you are using disposables. Buy wipes for cloth or disposables. Alternatively, you can buy gift cards or put $30 a week away in a savings account for diapers.
24-32 weeks – 3D scan/sonogram, if you want one.
34 weeks – Look into perineal massage. Start your perineal massage daily. (optional)
31 weeks – Put the nursery together. Buy the remaining items on your baby registry. Most places give a completion discount after your baby shower.
34 weeks – (for your birth coach) Practice driving to the hospital or birthing center, especially if you are not familiar with the route.
30 – 36 weeks – Maternity photoshoot.
31 weeks – Start gathering songs for your birth playlist. Make a birth plan, if you want one. Be sure your birth plan is on file with your midwife or doctor.
34 weeks – Pack hospital bag. Start planning meals or meal prep with doubling recipes to freeze. You will probably want at least a month’s worth, but 3 months worth would be better to avoid eating out/delivery or unhealthy meals all the time.
35 weeks – Buy car seat and install 2-3 weeks before delivery. Be sure to have the car seat checked by a licensed car seat specialist to ensure it’s installed correctly. Call the hospital, car dealership, or fire department to find someone licensed and schedule an appointment. Set up a safe sleeping area for when baby comes home. The AAP recommends always on their back, nothing in their crib (no bumpers, blankets, pillows, positioners, stuffed animals, etc), and alone in their own bed.
36 week – Sonograms as needed. Check with your doctor for their sonogram schedule.
38-42 weeks – Ideal delivery time for a singleton and healthy pregnancy.
I hope you find comfort in this timeline as much as I did. Please feel free to comment with anything you have on your list that made it easier to plan your pregnancy.