Congratulations! You’re pregnant! There’s so much to do before you meet your little bundle of joy — from scheduling prenatal appointments to throwing on a baby shower to figuring out what you should buy and what you shouldn’t. But you don’t need to panic.
Here is a month-by-month checklist explaining what you’ll need to do every month and how to stay better prepared to face each month.
- Schedule an appointment with an expert Gynecologist to confirm your pregnancy and ensure everything is normal.
- Start keeping a baby journal. Write down all the emotions you feel while pregnant. It will be interesting to remember them later.
- Take a closer look at your parental insurance policy to find out what’s covered in your plan.
- Exercise regularly. Aim for at least three times per week. Talk to your healthcare provider about pregnancy-friendly activities.
- Change your diet to improve your and your baby’s health. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, too!
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol. It can be harmful to your baby. Also, avoid secondhand smoke.
- Eat small, frequent meals to avoid gas, reflux, and heartburn.
- If you’re coping with morning sickness, Ginger can help you settle your stomach.
- Decide where you want to give birth. Would that place be a hospital or birthing center, or do you want to deliver your baby in the comfort of your own home? Talk to your doctor about your delivery options. It’s never too early in pregnancy to decide which option is right for you.
- Spend as much one-on-one time as possible with your spouse. After the arrival of your little one, you may experience a lack of intimacy with your partner.
- The second month is the best time to plan your finances. Giving birth doesn’t come cheap, so start budgeting for the new baby.
- Plan how and when you will announce that you’re pregnant.
- Rest as much as possible. Take short naps during the day. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every day.
- Make Kegel exercises a part of your daily routine.
- Join childbirth classes to learn what happens during labor and birth.
- If you’re a working pregnant woman, check if your workplace has an official maternity leave policy. If no, discuss it with your boss or HR.
- Pregnancy makes you more susceptible to dental problems. Schedule an appointment with a dentist for a checkup and cleaning.
- Buy a couple of supportive maternity bras to keep your tender, changing breasts in the utmost comfort.
- Announce the good news if you’re ready! The fourth month is the best time to let your family, friends, and colleagues know that you’re pregnant.
- The later stages of your pregnancy will make it difficult for you to travel. So plan a babymoon at the beginning of the second trimester.
- Start taking care of your skin—stock up on the skincare staples, like creams, oils, and moisturizers to relieve itching sensations that pregnancy causes.
- Begin taking weekly pictures of your growing baby bump.
- Start shopping for comfortable maternity wear dresses. The fourth month is the time when your baby bump starts showing considerably. So make sure you retire your pre-pregnancy clothes and have got the proper attire for pregnancy.
- Schedule your gestational diabetes test.
- Spend quality time with your other children.
- Get your ultrasound and anomaly scan done to ensure your baby’s health is good.
- Start baby-proofing your home to protect the baby from safety hazards.
- If you have chosen to learn about your baby’s gender, you can throw a gender reveal party to reveal it to your loved ones.
- Share your baby’s ultrasound pictures with your loved ones.
- Decide whether you will formula feed or breastfeed your baby. If you plan to breastfeed, buy a couple of nursing-friendly feeding tops that you can wear even while pregnant.
- Start talking about your baby’s possible names with your partner.
- Write a birth plan so that everyone (midwife, doula, doctors, your spouse, etc.) can know about your expectations and preferences for delivery day.
- Plan a perfect baby shower with your close friends and family members. You can also think about throwing a virtual baby shower.
- Look for reliable childcare options. This will help you stay well-prepared to take care of your little bundle of joy.
- Plan maternity leave with your employer to ensure a smooth transition from work to motherhood and back.
- Find a good pediatrician to take care of your baby’s health after birth.
- Connect with other moms-to-be and make new friends. Get advice about childbearing and share your experiences with them.
- Create a baby registry to help friends and family members know which items would be helpful for the preparation of your baby’s arrival.
- Ask other moms for baby hand-me-downs to save money. You might be able to borrow strollers, cribs, tubs, clothes, etc., from your friends and family members.
- Prepare a baby first-aid and an emergency kit.
- Continue exercising to prepare your body for labor and delivery.
- Stock up on essential baby products, such as cleansers, moisturizers, oils, diapers, and wipes.
- Finish setting up a fun and functional baby nursery or the place where your little one will spend most of her time sleeping.
- Pre-cook meals that can be kept in the freezer. This will save you on those days when you’re too busy or too tired.
- Wash your baby’s clothes and sheets to make her feel more comfortable.
- Enjoy your baby shower! This is the best time to celebrate and connect with your loved ones.
- Send thank-you notes for your baby shower gifts.
- Name your baby! You may already have many names in your mind, but it’s time to finalize one with your partner.
- Pack your hospital bag. Things like snacks, hospital gowns, toiletries, sanitary pads, a change of clothes, etc., should all get packed in your hospital bag.
- Pre-register with the hospital and get all the paperwork done in advance to make checking in there quick and hassle-free.
- Make plans for your pets and older children. Decide who will take care of them when you’re not at home.
- Install a baby seat in your car to make your baby’s journey from hospital to home safe and secure!
- Have phone numbers of important persons handy.
- Decide whom to call when you’re in labor or an emergency.
- Specify who you’d like to be present with during labor.