Your pregnancy to-do list
Pregnancy is a special physical condition when it is essential to prepare your body for all the changes that are about to happen. There are a lot of things you need to think about upfront from staying healthy to choosing your baby’s name. You have 40 weeks to get yourself, your partner and your life organized for this incredible journey.
To help you find the easiest way how to organize yourself, we created an ultimate to-do list that will help you stay on the track and keep things as simple and organized as possible. You will need more energy when the baby is born, so it’s important to start getting used to it as soon as possible.
Here is the list:
- Make a prenatal appointment
Prepare yourself for this appointment by writing a list of questions you would like to ask. Also, check if your family has suffered from any genetic illnesses because your medical provider would like to know that. You can make the appointment when you are 8-weeks pregnant.
- Quit smoking
If you smoke occasionally, then quit. If you happen to be a heavy smoker, it is always best to start decreasing the number of cigarettes on a daily basis until you stop smoking entirely.
- Pick up a pregnancy book
One of the most popular pregnancy books is “What to expect when you’re expecting”. Pick it up and start reading. It will help you ease your mind and find the much interesting information you will need to keep your pregnancy healthy and safe. You can also download a pregnancy app to keep track of all the things to do during the day.
- Pack healthy snacks
During the pregnancy, you will feel a sudden rushes of hunger very often. It’s important to avoid eating sweets when this happens and replace them with healthy snacks such as fresh fruit or a handful of mixed dried fruits such as prunes and apricots. These should give you enough energy to go through the day without putting an extra weight you will definitely find hard to get rid of.
- Start making a baby budget
Once the baby is born, there are a lot of things you will be spending your money on from buying nappies and baby formula to going to a regular baby check-up at your pediatrician. You need to be aware of all the expenses that await you and start making some savings.
- Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water
During pregnancy, your body requires more energy and needs to be regularly hydrated. That’s why its essential to drink plenty of water, at list eight glasses of water during the day and sleep at least eight hours a night. It is always advisable to sleep on your side instead of on your back because it decreases the risk of stillbirth.
- Start shopping for maternity clothes
Once you enter the second semester, your body will change, and you will need to buy a few pieces of clothing that will make you feel more comfortable such and pregnancy bras, loose dresses and other maternity clothes. If you are on a tight budget, you can always visit nearly new-sales or charity shops.
- Choose a baby name
By this time you have probably considered a few names for your baby, so you may as well start narrowing down the names to the most interesting ones, especially if you have found out your baby’s sex.
- Prepare your child for a new sibling
It’s a well-known fact that the children who are about to get a baby brother or a baby sister may not accept that so easily. It’s important to start explaining to your little one that a baby is on the way. Encourage them to pat you bump gently and talk to the baby.
- Visit the dentist
The high level of pregnancy hormones are circulating through your body and this can affect your gums. That’s why its necessary to go and visit the dentist. The good thing is that NHS dental care is free from the moment you get pregnant to the moment your baby turns one year.
- Decorate your baby’s room
One of the things that you need to do during the second semester starts organizing your child’s room. It is important that your baby has a safe place to sleep and the room where it will feel the most comfortable in. Ask someone to consult you and help you with painting the room.
- Spend more time with your partner
Sometimes you may feel a bit overwhelmed or worried about whether all the things will fo well. That’s why it is important to have your partners support and spend as much time as possible with him. Go out to the open cinema, go out for a romantic dinner or go for a short extended vacation somewhere in nature.
- Keep track of your baby’s movements
Pay attention to your baby’s kicks and inform your doctor or a midwife if you notice there is something unusual about the kicks or if they are decreasing. This doesn’t have to mean anything but its always good to check that and avoid worrying about any potential problems.
- Choose a doctor for your baby
Keep in mind that once your baby is born, you may need to visit the pediatrician often because you don’t know what you may expect, especially during the first few days when you and the baby are getting accustomed to the new life. Get a list of pediatricians and schedule interviews with your top candidates if possible. This will help you narrow down your choice.
- Do a small research on labor
On average, labor takes around 15 hours, but it may as well last for 20 hours. There are three main stages of the labor, and its always good to learn about them and prepare yourself for it.
- Pack your bag for the hospital or birth center
Although it may sound unnecessary to pack your baby’s bag weeks before the labor, it actually is mandatory. You never know if the labor starts earlier than expected and usually in those moments it’s very difficult to keep all the things under control. To make all those things easier, its always good to prepare your baby’s bag up front.
- Make a plan when your labor starts
Before the labor starts, you will need a firm plan you will need to stick to if you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Decide who will take you there and what route you will take including where to park and which entrance to use.