Month 6: Get tested for gestational diabetes. Most doctors recommend a glucose challenge screening around Week 26 (unless you're overweight or have a history of diabetes, in which case you should have one earlier). If your test is positive, you'll undergo a glucose tolerance test. If you're diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which can cause overgrowth of the fetus and other complications, you may have to take oral medication or use insulin, though some women manage the condition with nutritional changes and exercise alone.
Tour the hospital. Seeing the labor and delivery rooms and knowing where you'll park and check in can help ease anxieties about the big day.
Line up your support team. Caring for a newborn is exhausting, so you may want someone in addition to your partner -- a friend, relative, or postpartum doula -- on hand to help bathe the baby, do laundry, run errands, or simply fend off visitors so you can rest.
Month 7: Start the search for a pediatrician by 28 weeks, says Parents advisor Jennifer Shu, M.D., coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn. Some factors to consider: location, whether you prefer a group or solo practice, and the availability of weekend and evening hours.
Find an infant-care class for tips on changing a diaper, swaddling and bathing a newborn, and more. Also helpful: infant CPR and breastfeeding classes.
Buy a car seat. By law, in order to drive off from the hospital with your infant, you must be able to prove that you've installed a car seat that meets current safety standards. Head to your local police or fire department to learn how to install it correctly.