Pregnancy Week-by-Week Checklist
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Checklist
September 9, 2020

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Checklist

Pregnancy Week-by-Week Checklist.
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Checklist

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! You know there’s a lot to do before you meet your baby—from doctor’s appointments to baby showers to figuring out what stuff you need and what you don’t. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

This list breaks things down into small chunks, giving you suggestions for one thing you can do during each week of your pregnancy until baby arrives.

Pregnancy Checklist First Trimester

First Trimester

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4 Weeks Pregnant

  • If you haven’t been taking one already, add a prenatal vitamin to your daily routine. Get one with 400 mg of folic acid—it’s been said folic acid can help prevent birth defects.

5 Weeks Pregnant

  • Look into how your insurance covers pregnancy and birth before you go to your first prenatal appointment.

6 Weeks Pregnant

  • Make your first prenatal appointment for 8 or 9 weeks. If you aren’t happy with your current provider, ask friends for a recommendation for a new OB or midwife.

7 Weeks Pregnant

  • Start a list of your biggest pregnancy questions that you can ask your doc at your first appointment, whether it’s what tests you might need to nutrition advice to how to deal with stress. They’re there to help.

8 Weeks Pregnant

  • Make a drugstore run to stock up on a few essentials to help your through morning sickness: ginger or lemon drops, saltine crackers, mints, lemonade, ginger ale or Gatorade could help. Keep a stash in your bedside, in your bag or at your desk.

9 Weeks Pregnant

  • Odors making you queasy? Swap out soaps for unscented versions, and wash your clothes often (with unscented detergent, of course).

10 Weeks Pregnant

  • Schedule your CVS test (between 10 and 13 weeks) and/or your nuchal translucency scan (between 11 and 14 weeks), if you’re getting either of them.

11 Weeks Pregnant

12 Weeks Pregnant

  • This may seem ridiculously early, but if you are considering daycare, call a few to see if they have waitlists. This will help you plan when you need to start looking.

13 Weeks Pregnant

  • Decide how and when you’ll share your good news with your boss, coworkers and any friends or family who don’t know yet.

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Pregnancy Checklist Second Trimester

Second Trimester

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14 Weeks Pregnant

  • Start preparing for your leave from work by summarizing all your duties to be able to pass them off.

15 Weeks Pregnant

  • If your clothes are starting to get tight, it’s time start buying maternity clothes. (Psst, leggings are your friend!) Also consider renting some maternity items.

16 Weeks Pregnant

  • Baby shower time is quickly approaching. First steps: figure out who is going to host and where. Pick a date and help them with the guest list. If you’re having a virtual shower, here’s everything you need to know.

17 Weeks Pregnant

  • Schedule your 20-week ultrasound appointment, and decide if you are going to find out baby’s gender.

18 Weeks Pregnant

  • Try to start sleeping on your side—or even better, sleep on your left side. This can help increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and baby.

19 Weeks Pregnant

  • Sign up for childbirth classes at your hospital or a local parent resource center. If they’re not available in person, here are online courses that can help.

20 Weeks Pregnant

21 Weeks Pregnant

  • You’re halfway there! Celebrate by doing something special for you—whether it’s a nice dinner, a new dress or watching your favorite movie.

22 Weeks Pregnant

23 Weeks Pregnant

24 Weeks Pregnant

  • If you haven’t already, start doing your Kegels—they can help with things like bladder control postpartum. Do them at the same time each day so they come routine.

25 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks Pregnant

  • Figure out what you’d like in your birth plan and make a few copies to talk over with your healthcare provider.

27 Weeks Pregnant

  • Do your kick counts around the same time every day to figure out your baby’s patterns.

Pregnancy Checklist Third Trimester

Third Trimester

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28 Weeks Pregnant

  • Decorate your nursery! Nesting is real, and putting together things like artwork, rugs and sweet toys can be really fun.

29 Weeks Pregnant

  • Anxious? That’s completely natural. Consider a regular meditation routine to calm your mind. There are even some apps specifically for pregnant moms.

30 Weeks Pregnant

  • Starting this week your doc will want to see you every two weeks, so schedule those appointments.

31 Weeks Pregnant

  • Pack that hospital bag. Pack a few things for baby, as well, and remind your partner they might want to pack a bag too.

32 Weeks Pregnant

33 Weeks Pregnant

34 Weeks Pregnant

  • Planning to breastfeed? Sign up for a class and/or read Breastfeeding Made Simple before baby gets here.

35 Weeks Pregnant

  • Check with your insurance to see how to add your baby after they are born.

36 Weeks Pregnant

  • You are going to be really busy because starting this week your doctor will want to see you every week.

37 Weeks Pregnant

  • Pick a pediatrician. Ask friends, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations. Your own doctor or midwife might have some people they like as well.

38 Weeks Pregnant

  • Make sure everything is squared away at work so your leave can be a real leave.

39 Weeks Pregnant

  • Make a “Baby Watch List” of everyone who needs to know once the baby arrives. Assign that list to your BFF, sister, mom or someone else you trust so they can let everyone know the happy news.

40 Weeks Pregnant

  • Have someone install that car seat! You can’t take baby home in a car without one.

41 Weeks Pregnant

  • The hospital will give you lot of basic baby care items, like diapers and a nasal aspirator. But they have postpartum care items, too, like perineum cold packs or a Velcro belly band for your abdominal muscles if you had a C-section.
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