Your Pregnancy To-Do List
Between preparing for Baby and staying as healthy as possible, you have a lot to think about for the next nine months. Follow our week-by-week to-do lists to make it easy.
Week 1 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! You're actively trying to concieve—and you might even be pregnant already! Here's what you need to do now:
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Week 5 of Pregnancy
- Pick up a pregnancy book.
- Download a pregnancy app to help you stay organized for the next 8 months.
- Buy a journal or memory book to record your milestones, symptoms, and questions for the next nine months.
- Sign up for your Due Date club or join an in-person 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.
Week 6 of Pregnancy
- 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 him or her through delivery. If not, start looking for a new one.
Week 7 of Pregnancy
- Schedule and prepare for your first prenatal visit, which should happen 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.
Week 8 of Pregnancy
- 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.
Week 9 of Pregnancy
- 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.
Week 10 of Pregnancy
- 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 maternity 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.
Week 11 of Pregnancy
- 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.
Week 12 of Pregnancy
- 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.
- Until you give birth, avoid any exercises that require you to lie flat on your back (crunches, Pilates, etc.).
- If you're having multiples, your doctor will be able to spot the extra babies at your next ultrasound.
Week 13 of Pregnancy
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Week 17 of Pregnancy
- 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 28 of Pregnancy
- Start seeing your doctor or midwife every two weeks.
- Update your retirement beneficiaries.
- Babyproof your house.
- 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.
Week 29 of Pregnancy
- Enjoy your baby shower!
- Start shopping for birth announcements and decide whether you'll choose paper or electronic ones.
- 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.
Week 30 of Pregnancy
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Week 38 of Pregnancy
- 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 e-mail addresses.
- Nail down your final choices for baby names.
Week 39 of Pregnancy
Week 40 of Pregnancy
- 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.
Week 41 of Pregnancy
- 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.