1. Start taking a prenatal vitamin if you haven't already.
2. Write down the date of your last period or two.
3. Figure out when you're ovulating.
5. Quit smoking, and cut out any other bad health habits.
1. Pick up a pregnancy book.
2. Download a pregnancy app to help you stay organized for the next 8 months.
3. Buy a journal or memory book to record your milestones, symptoms, and questions for the next nine months.
5. Be sure to drink lots of water.
6. Talk to your insurance company to find out which local doctors and hospitals are covered by your plan.
1. If you're ready, start sharing the good news with family members and close friends.
2. Make your partner the official kitty litter changer.
3. Experiment with morning sickness remedies.
4. Decide whether you like your doctor enough to stick with him or her through delivery. If not, start looking for a new one.
1. Schedule and prepare for your first prenatal visit, which should happen between 8 and 12 weeks.
2. Compile a list of questions for your first doctor's appointment.
3. Clear your beauty cabinet of any chemical-laden products like DEET-filled insect repellent.
4. Buy a belly band to extend the life of your pants.
1. Shop for a new bra, whether it's a maternity bra or just a bigger, softer style.
2. Make Kegel exercises a part of your daily routine.
3. Pick up antacids in preparation for pregnancy heartburn, along with other drugstore staples.
4. Make a dentist appointment.
5. Discuss recommended prenatal tests with your doctor.
1. Look at your household cleaners and swap in eco-friendly ones for any toxic ones.
2. Make a pre-baby to-do list of all the things you want accomplish or enjoy before the baby arrives.
3. Create a baby budget.
4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
5. Go for a walk, or do 30 minutes of another moderate exercise, and make it a part of your daily routine now.
1. Wash your hands frequently to avoid getting a cold or the flu.
2. Try natural remedies for indigestion.
4. Review your company's maternity leave policy.
5. If you're hoping for a V-BAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) but your doctor isn't on board, consider jumping ship for a practitioner who will consider it.
1. Moisturize your belly, hips and thighs daily to prevent itchy, dry skin as it stretches.
2. Avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, intense hot-weather workouts, super-hot baths, or anything else that could raise your body temperature above 102 degrees.
3. Get a first-trimester screening to help your practitioner decide what tests may be warranted.
4. If it's recommended by your doctor, get tested for chromosomal abnormalities through a nuchal translucency (NT) and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
5. Listen to the baby's heartbeat with a Doppler at your doctor's appointment, if possible.
1. Plan a babymoon vacation.
2. Buy a body pillow for sleeping.
3. Be sure to stretch and warm up before exercise because your ligaments and joints are loosened up now.
4. Until you give birth, avoid any exercises that require you to lie flat on your back (crunches, Pilates, etc.).
1. Begin thinking about baby names.
2. Start sleeping on your side.
4. Eat smaller meals more frequently to stave off heartburn.
5. Consider borrowing previously worn maternity clothing from friends or family.
1. Tell your family and friends your good news if you haven't already.
2. Break the news to your boss, too.
3. Take advantage of your energy boost by checking things off your to-do list at home and at work.
4. Start taking weekly pictures of your beautiful belly.
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1. Be sure to get plenty of calcium now, from low-fat dairy foods or supplements.
4. Ask your mother or grandmother about their birthing experiences.
1. Combat your forgetful "pregnancy brain" with lots of notes and reminders.
2. Treat yourself to a prenatal massage.
4. Sign up for a childbirth class.
6. Pick up a saline spray or humidifier to alleviate congestion caused by pregnancy.
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2. Check your desk chair to see if a more supportive one or a footstool could help with back pain.
1. Research the pros and cons of breastfeeding. Decide what's best for you and your baby once you have all the facts.
2. Get organized and tackle pending projects around the house.
3. Buy a new maternity bra -- again.
1. Work with your gracious baby shower host to plan party logistics.
2. Now that you know the sex of the baby, take a second look at baby names.
3. Prevent varicose veins. Avoid crossing your legs and long periods of sitting or standing, which may result in blood pooled in the legs.
1. Interview potential pediatricians. Find out which local doctors are covered by your insurance and seek recommendations.
2. Do any last-minute travel. It's best to avoid travel once the third trimester hits.
3. Take the glucose-screening test.
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1. Start seeing your doctor or midwife every two weeks.
2. Update your retirement beneficiaries.
3. Babyproof your house.
4. Help your partner to feel the baby's kicks.
5. If your fingers are swollen, take your rings off and store them in a safe place until after delivery.
6. Depending on your and your partner's blood types, you may receive an injection of RhoGAM.
4. Eat a high-fiber diet to help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
3. Pack your hospital bag and one for your partner.
4. Know the signs of premature labor.
5. Try exercises designed to help prepare your body for D-day.
1. Plan care for your other children or your pets for when you go into labor.
2. Get a haircut.
3. Set up the baby's nursery.
4. Start seeing your doctor or midwife weekly through delivery.
1. Start reading about newborn care.
2. Clean out your car to make room for baby.
3. Install your car seat and visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site to locate an inspection station near you so you can be sure you did it correctly.
1. Call your insurance company to add your baby-to-be to your policy.
3. Buy any items you'll need for postpartum recovery.
4. Meet with several pediatricians to make your final choice.
1. Buy a baby book.
3. Review your baby registry to see what items you still need to purchase before baby's arrival.
1. If you have other children, be sure to prepare them for their sibling's arrival.
2. Plan for your first few weeks with baby by cooking and freezing a few nights' or weeks' worth of dinners.
4. Wash the baby clothes and bedding.
1. Tie up any loose ends with finances or medical insurance.
2. Make a list of who you want to contact when the baby arrives, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
3. Nail down your final choices for baby names.
1. Be ready for your water to break, or for the mucus plug or bloody show.
2. Time your contractions.
3. Buy a few cold packs at the drugstore to use when the perineal cold packs from the hospital run out.
1. Try a few tricks to bring on labor (or at least keep your mind off it) -- eat spicy foods, have sex, take a walk or stimulate your nipples.
2. Have the non-stress test again, or a contraction stress test.
3. Go to the hospital and get induced.
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