When that new pregnancy news hits, it is met with loads of joy and then closely followed by a million questions. It can be a bit overwhelming as there are baby, furniture, clothing, supplies and personal health needs to decide on at the very least.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Don’t panic, gynaecologist specialist Dr Nitesh and his team are here to help every step of the way! Let’s get the big-picture timing laid out so that you can plan the details around this.
Pregnancy Checklist By Trimester
First Trimester Pregnancy Checklist – Weeks 1-13
You can confirm your pregnancy with two blood tests ‒ one that tests for positive or negative and the other that shows how far along you are.
During the first trimester, do the following:
- Purchase prenatal vitamins from your local pharmacy.
- Avoid high-risk foods, e.g. raw egg and fish and deli meat.
- Stop smoking and alcohol consumption. Reduce tea and coffee to one cup per day.
- Follow a very healthy diet and have access to healthy food at short notice.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water daily.
- Try to do half an hour of physical activity every day.
- Read up on your medical aid documents and check whether prenatal care, hospital stays and delivery are covered.
- Choose your OBGYN and meet with them as soon as possible. Schedule the follow-up appointments.
- Discuss prenatal and genetic testing and morning sickness.
- Draw up a financial plan and start a saving plan for:
- Pregnancy needs
- Baby preparation & ongoing supplies
- Home preparation
- Maternity leave (paid or unpaid?)
- Sleep therapist or night nurse
- Start parenting discussions with your partner.
- Start Kegel exercises.
Second Trimester Pregnancy Checklist – Weeks 14-27
If you have been suffering from morning sickness, then you will be delighted by the arrival of the second trimester. It’s usually every women’s favourite time of pregnancy. During this trimester:
- Choose some maternity clothing as you will grow fast.
- Conclude the nursery design.
- Let your OBGYN know if you don’t want to know your baby’s gender.
- Tour hospitals and choose your favourite one.
- Decide on the use of a nanny or a daycare centre.
- Start prenatal exercise classes.
- Discuss second-trimester prenatal tests with your OBGYN.
- Start moisturising your body every day.
- Choose baby names with your partner.
- Find and book childbirth classes at your chosen hospital.
- Buy a long pregnancy cushion that can support your tummy and fit between your knees.
- Start a baby registry.
Third Trimester Pregnancy Checklist – Month 7 – Weeks 28-32
You will probably be feeling VERY pregnant during week 28. You’re nearly there, this is so exciting!
- Finalise your childcare option.
- Rh-negative moms need their Rh injection this month.
- Observe your baby’s kicks.
- Start childbirth classes.
- Meet a lactation consultant to learn more about breastfeeding and your needs.
- Discuss cord blood banking with your OBGYN.
- If at any stage you are feeling down or anxious, talk openly about this with your OBGYN.
Third Trimester Pregnancy Checklist – Month 8 – Weeks 32-36
- Practice the childbirth class breathing and relaxation tips.
- Discuss post-birth contraception with your OBGYN.
- Ask your OBGYN and friends for recommendations on paediatricians and choose one.
- Ask your OBGYN for your group B strep test.
- Prepare a bag for you and the baby for the hospital.
- Make sure you have everything your baby needs for the first few weeks.
- Finalise the nursery.
- Install the baby’s car seat and test its secureness.
- Attend all your OBGYN appointments.
Third Trimester Pregnancy Checklist – Month 8 – Weeks 36-40
- Remember to discuss your feelings with your OBGYN. Let him/her know if you are feeling down or anxious.
- Fill your freezer with healthy frozen meals. You WILL need them.
- Attend all your OBGYN appointments.
- Slow down and rest as much as possible.
Do you have more questions? Call Durban’s top gynaecologist specialist today!