Pregnancy Checklist By Trimester From A Gynaecologist Specialist

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.

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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!