Your Pregnancy To-Do List

Between preparing for your baby and staying as healthy as possible, you have a lot to think about for the next 9 months. Follow our week-by-week to-do lists to make it easy.

Pregnancy to do list
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Week 1 of Pregnancy

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Congratulations! You're actively trying to conceive—and you might even be pregnant already! Here's what you need to do now:

  • Start taking a prenatal vitamin if you haven't already.
  • Write down the date of your last period or two.
  • With your partner, create a family health history, including any genetic or chromosomal disorders.
  • Quit smoking, and focus on having a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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Week 2 of Pregnancy

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  • Reduce your caffeine intake.
  • Talk to your doctor about safe medications during pregnancy.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Talk to your doctor about your exercise routine. Note: It won't harm your baby, and your body will tell you when it's time to slow down.
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Week 3 of Pregnancy

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  1. Look for the early signs of pregnancy.
  2. Buy an at-home pregnancy test.
  3. Learn what foods you should avoid during pregnancy.
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Week 4 of Pregnancy

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  • Take a pregnancy test if you've missed your period.
  • Tell your partner the news!
  • Make an appointment to see your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.
  • Consider the alternative of a certified nurse-midwife.
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Week 5 of Pregnancy

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  • Pick up a pregnancy book.
  • Download a pregnancy app to help you stay organized.
  • Buy a journal or memory book to record your milestones, symptoms, and questions for the next nine months.
  • Join an in-person or virtual pregnancy support group.
  • Be sure to drink lots of water.
  • Talk to your insurance company to find out which local doctors and hospitals are covered by your plan.
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Week 6 of Pregnancy

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  • If you're ready, start sharing the good news with family members and close friends.
  • Make your partner the official kitty litter changer.
  • Experiment with morning sickness remedies.
  • Decide whether you like your doctor enough to stick with them through delivery. If not, start looking for a new one.
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Week 7 of Pregnancy

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  • Schedule and prepare for your first prenatal visit, which typically happens between 8 and 12 weeks.
  • Compile a list of questions for your first doctor's appointment.
  • Clear your beauty cabinet of any chemical-laden products like DEET-filled insect repellent.
  • Buy a belly band to extend the life of your pants.
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Week 8 of Pregnancy

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  • Shop for a new bra, whether it's a maternity bra or just a bigger, softer style.
  • Make Kegel exercises a part of your daily routine.
  • Pick up antacids in preparation for pregnancy heartburn, along with other drugstore staples.
  • Make a dentist appointment.
  • Discuss recommended prenatal tests with your doctor.
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Week 9 of Pregnancy

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  • Create a baby budget.
  • Make a pre-baby to-do list of all the things you want accomplish or enjoy before the baby arrives.
  • Look at your household cleaners and swap in eco-friendly ones for any toxic ones.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Go for a walk, or do 30 minutes of another moderate exercise, and make it a part of your daily routine now.
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Week 10 of Pregnancy

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  • Wash your hands frequently to avoid getting a cold or the flu.
  • Try natural remedies for indigestion.
  • Go shopping for maternity clothing.
  • Review your company's parental leave policy.
  • If you're hoping for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) but your doctor isn't on board, consider jumping ship for a practitioner who will consider it.
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Week 11 of Pregnancy

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  • Moisturize your belly, hips and thighs daily to prevent itchy, dry skin as it stretches.
  • 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.
  • Get a first-trimester screening to help your practitioner decide what tests may be warranted.
  • If it's recommended by your doctor, get tested for chromosomal abnormalities through a nuchal translucency (NT) and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
  • Listen to the baby's heartbeat with a Doppler at your doctor's appointment, if possible.
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Week 12 of Pregnancy

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  • Plan a babymoon vacation.
  • Buy a body pillow for sleeping.
  • Be sure to stretch and warm up before exercise because your ligaments and joints are loosened up now.
  • If you're having multiples, your doctor will be able to spot the extra babies at your next ultrasound.
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Week 13 of Pregnancy

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  • Begin thinking about baby names.
  • Start sleeping on your side.
  • Research pediatricians.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently to stave off heartburn.
  • Consider borrowing previously worn maternity clothing from friends or family.
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Week 14 of Pregnancy

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  • Tell your family and friends your good news if you haven't already.
  • Break the news to your boss, too.
  • Take advantage of your second-trimester energy boost by checking things off your to-do list at home and at work.
  • Start taking weekly pictures of your beautiful belly.
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Week 15 of Pregnancy

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  • Sign up for a prenatal yoga class.
  • Strengthen your abs with pelvic tilts.
  • Talk to you partner about finding out the sex of your baby.
  • Over 35? Schedule an amniocentesis if it's recommended.
  • As your doctor about the quad marker screen.
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Week 16 of Pregnancy

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  • Be sure to get plenty of calcium now, from low-fat dairy foods or supplements.
  • Tour local birth centers.
  • Start your baby registry.
  • Ask friends and relatives about their birthing experiences.
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Week 17 of Pregnancy

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  • Combat your forgetful "pregnancy brain" with lots of notes and reminders.
  • Treat yourself to a prenatal massage.
  • Sign up for a childbirth class.
  • Start a college fund for baby-to-be by opening a 529 account or a special savings account.
  • Pick up a saline spray or humidifier to alleviate congestion caused by pregnancy.
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Week 18 of Pregnancy

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  • Consider signing up for infant CPR, prenatal breastfeeding, or newborn-care classes.
  • Check your desk chair to see if a more supportive one or a footstool could help with back pain.
  • Get ready for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound.
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Week 19 of Pregnancy

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  • Share ultrasound photos with friends and family.
  • Have a date night.
  • Research nursery furniture.
  • Considering a home birth? Research the pros and cons.
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Week 20 of Pregnancy

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  • Talk to your partner about how you'll handle life after baby.
  • Know the symptoms and risks of preeclampsia.
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Week 21 of Pregnancy

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  • Research the pros and cons of breastfeeding. Decide what's best for you and your baby once you have all the facts.
  • Get organized and tackle pending projects around the house.
  • Buy new clothes for your changing body.
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Week 22 of Pregnancy

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  • Work with your gracious baby shower host to plan party logistics.
  • Prevent varicose veins. Avoid crossing your legs and long periods of sitting or standing, which may result in blood pooled in the legs.
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Week 23 of Pregnancy

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  • Take time to rest when you can—your body's doing lots of work and sleep might be getting more difficult by now.
  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
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Week 24 of Pregnancy

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  • Look into child care options for after baby.
  • Start planning the nursery.
  • Get tested for gestational diabetes.
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Week 25 of Pregnancy

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  • Update or attain life and disability insurance, and add chosen guardianship to your will.
  • Write a birth plan.
  • Pre-register at your hospital or birthing center, if possible.
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Week 26 of Pregnancy

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Week 27 of Pregnancy

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  • Start finalizing where the baby will sleep.
  • Research cord blood banking.
  • Find a birth doula, if desired.
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Week 28 of Pregnancy

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  • Start seeing your doctor or midwife every two weeks.
  • Help your partner to feel the baby's kicks.
  • If your fingers are swollen, take your rings off and store them in a safe place until after delivery.
  • Depending on your and your partner's blood types, you may receive an injection of RhoGAM.
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Week 29 of Pregnancy

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  • Enjoy your baby shower!
  • If you live in an older home, ask your partner to test for lead-based paint in the nursery and remove it if necessary.
  • Eat a high-fiber diet to help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
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Week 30 of Pregnancy

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  • Buy a car seat, stroller, and any other important baby gear that you didn't receive at your shower.
  • Count fetal kicks.
  • Pack your hospital bag—and make sure your partner gets their's ready, too.
  • Know the signs of premature labor.
  • Try exercises designed to help prepare your body for D-day.
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Week 31 of Pregnancy

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  • Eat foods rich in iron.
  • If you plan to hire a baby nurse, start seeking recommendations.
  • Prepare a baby first-aid and emergency kit.
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Week 32 of Pregnancy

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  • Plan care for your other children or your pets for when you go into labor.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Start seeing your doctor or midwife weekly through delivery.
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Week 33 of Pregnancy

  • Start reading about newborn care.
  • Clean out your car to make room for baby.
  • Install your car seat and visit an inspection station near you so you can be sure you did it correctly.
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Week 34 of Pregnancy

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Week 35 of Pregnancy

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  • Buy a baby book.
  • If you plan to try chestfeeding, consider getting contact info for a lactation consultant in advance.
  • Review your baby registry to see what items you still need to purchase before baby's arrival.
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Week 36 of Pregnancy

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  • Review your birth plan with your doctor, midwife, doula, or any others involved.
  • Sleep in, take naps, and get as many extra Z's as you can.
  • Send thank-you notes for your shower gifts.
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Week 37 of Pregnancy

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  • If you have other children, be sure to prepare them for their sibling's arrival.
  • Plan for your first few weeks with baby by cooking and freezing a few nights' or weeks' worth of dinners—or asking for others to do it for you!
  • Stock up on diapers and formula.
  • Wash the baby clothes and bedding.
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Week 38 of Pregnancy

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  • Tie up any loose ends with finances or medical insurance.
  • Make a list of who you want to contact when the baby arrives, including phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Nail down your final choices for baby names.
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Week 39 of Pregnancy

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  • Practice any relaxation or breathing techniques you've learned.
  • Wrap up at work and touch base with your team, just in case you go into labor before your due date.
  • Discuss with your partner the option of cutting the umbilical cord.
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Week 40 of Pregnancy

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  • Be ready for your water to break, or for the mucus plug or bloody show.
  • Time your contractions.
  • Buy a few cold packs at the drugstore to use when the perineal cold packs from the hospital run out.
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Week 41 of Pregnancy

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  • Enjoy those last few kicks and the amazing feeling of having your baby inside of you.
  • Do squats to help prepare your body for labor.
  • Take advantage of the extra time to rest.
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Week 42 of Pregnancy

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  • 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.
  • Discuss with your doctor about going to the hospital to get induced.
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