Whether you are expecting your first child or fifth, it can be nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. You will have to keep track of so many things that it may seem like too much to handle. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this alone. There are several resources available at your fingertips that can help make your pregnancy care check list less overwhelming and more manageable.
If you’re pregnant for the first time or about to welcome another bundle of joy into your family, it’s important to know what is necessary before hitting the third trimester. Many expectant mothers find themselves overwhelmed with a variety of tasks because they didn’t plan ahead. The checklist below outlines everything you need to know in order for a healthy and happy pregnancy experience from start to finish.
Organize Your Pregnancy Care Check List
It is easier to keep track of your tasks if you have them written down on paper. There is no shame in having a checklist that details all of the important items you need to attend to. Doing so will make sure you don’t forget anything important and will help prevent unnecessary stress.
It is important to keep track of the following items on your list:
- When your next doctor’s appointment is scheduled
- What you need to bring to the doctor’s appointment
- When you are due for your next round of lab tests to check the health of the baby and mother
- Dates of any genetic screenings you may have scheduled
- Important phone numbers and addresses of people you need to notify that you’re expecting
- Due date and any changes you’ve recently made in it – Names and dates of any prenatal vitamins you are taking – Prenatal yoga and exercise routine
- Baby furniture and gear that you’ve already purchased
- Due date of any baby showers you’ve been invited to
- List of baby names you’ve been considering – Information about your insurance plan –
- What you need to buy for your baby
- What you need to pack for the hospital
- Any other items you need to complete your pregnancy care check list
Scheduled Tests and Ultrasounds
While every pregnancy is different, there are some tests that every pregnant woman will have to go through. Some of these include a pap smear, blood test and urinalysis. These tests are standard procedures performed to check the mother’s health and the health of the baby inside her.
You’ll also have to go through an ultrasound at least once during your pregnancy. This test is used to monitor the growth and development of the fetus inside you. The type of ultrasound you’ll have depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. The first ultrasound is usually done around the first or second week of your pregnancy. This ultrasound is called a screening ultrasound and is used to determine how many fetuses you are carrying and their approximate age and weight.
When you are pregnant, your body is going through a lot of changes. Before you know it, you will be eating for two and feeling the cravings kick in. It is important to stay healthy and active through the duration of your pregnancy. The best way to do this is to eat healthy and nutritious foods.
Stay away from processed and high-sugar foods that can put your and your baby at risk for health issues. You can expect to gain about 25 pounds during your pregnancy. This can be hard for some women to adjust to. However, you can take steps to prevent gaining too much weight too quickly. Keep a food journal, and write down everything you eat. This will help you stay on track and prevent you from eating unhealthy foods. Don’t drink your calories. Stick to water or unsweetened tea when you are thirsty. Stay active and try to find time for exercise even when you are pregnant. Find activities that won’t put too much strain on your body.
Morning Sickness Care Checklist
If you are one of the lucky few who doesn’t experience this, count yourself lucky because it is no walk in the park. Morning Sickness can be extremely unpleasant and can last all day long. The good news is that most women will experience it only in the first trimester or early stages of their pregnancy.
You should expect this to last anywhere between 2-10 weeks. There are ways to help relieve morning sickness. They include staying hydrated, eating small snacks, keeping away from strong smells and keeping stress levels low.
Labor and Delivery Care Checklist
The second trimester is when most women begin to feel more comfortable and closer to their due date. This may be the time when you start thinking about how you want your labor to go. Some women plan out their entire labor, while others would prefer for it to be unplanned.
No matter what you want, there are a few things you should do to prepare yourself for the big event. It is a good idea to visit your doctor for a thorough examination to check for any issues that might complicate your pregnancy. Make sure to update your health insurance information as well. Find a prenatal provider you are comfortable with and trust. Make sure you are aware of your insurance coverage and what your provider offers.
The first trimester is the perfect time to start shopping for maternity clothing. You will need bigger sizes that will help support your growing belly. This is especially important during the third trimester when you are most uncomfortable. You may not feel like doing much and might need something to help you stay comfortable. You will want to look for stretchy fabrics that are easy to move in and feel comfortable. The best fabrics include cotton, cotton-blend and spandex. You will want to avoid synthetic fabrics as they can trap heat and make you feel sticky and uncomfortable.
Nutrition and Exercise
Exercise is an important part of pregnancy, but you must do it in moderation. Be sure to rest enough to prevent overdoing it and injuring yourself. Doing too much can also cause you to become over-heated and dehydrated which will put both you and the baby at risk for health issues.
Find an activity that you enjoy so you can continue living a healthy lifestyle without feeling tired or overwhelmed. When it comes to nutrition, you have two options. You can either eat a low-carb diet or a balanced diet. A low-carb diet is recommended for women who are early in their first trimester. A balanced diet is recommended for women who are in the third trimester.
What to buy for your baby shower
There are a few things you will need to prepare for the baby once it is born. You will need a place for your baby to sleep, clothes, diapers and a car seat. You might also want to consider purchasing a stroller for walking around with the baby and a booster seat for when they begin to eat solid foods.
There are many items you can buy for your baby. Some examples include stuffed animals, blankets and toys. You can also purchase things like a baby bag and stroller set. Be sure that whatever you buy is safe for your baby. You will also want to consider setting up your house with the items the baby will need. Things like a crib, highchair, and changing table will be necessary once your baby arrives. You can also choose things like toys and furniture that will be useful for years to come.
Congratulations! You are now on your way to becoming a parent. This is a big step in your life and a path that not all can embark on. With this checklist, you will be able to make sure you are prepared for the changes that lie ahead.