OK, so you’ve found out you are pregnant. Now what? Firstly, congrats! You, mom to be, are in for quiet an adventure! Seriously the most life changing experience you can have.
As a new first time Mom. this Pregnancy Checklist can give you an idea of what you need to accomplish over the next 9 months. Besides getting over the initial shock of that 3rd pregnancy test you peed on, I suggest starting with making your first prenatal doctors appointment!
See my article on Mom Confessions: First Time Pregnancy or read on for a simplified list of things to check off while you are pregnant.
Where do I start?
1. Call your doctor and make an appointment
Find out how far along you are (if you keep track of your periods you can state the first day of your last period as the day you conceived). Here is an awesome app for tracking your period and your most fertile days. Calculating your due date is pretty simple: Just add 280 days to the first day of your last period.
Of course, you can also buy a digital test to give you a rough idea.
2. Start taking prenatal vitamins
In an ideal world, you would already be on prenatal vitamins if you were trying for a baby. But, sometimes this wonderful surprise can sneak up on you! So start your vitamins if you haven’t already. I like the First Response brand listed on my Baby Store page. They are chew-able, so when morning sickness kicks in and you do not want to swallow anything that could make you gag, the chewies come in handy!
3. Stay hydrated and eat healthy
When I was pregnant I was only able to tolerate certain foods for certain lengths. For example, all I wanted to eat was croissants and fried mushrooms. I went through a cucumber week also. But do the best you can. You are burning a lot of calories now growing that little human!
I bet when you thought about getting pregnant initially, you figured you would eat fresh fish for brain development, meat for extra iron, etc. But when you are actually pregnant, it's a whole different story...check out The Most Annoying Pregnancy Symptoms.
4. Share the news
Share when you feel comfortable. My husband and I heard to wait until month 3 to avoid letting ourselves and anyone else down if god forbid the pregnancy failed. But we couldn’t wait. If telling people that you are pregnant is what you want to do, then go ahead and tell them. I sure did not want to start my pregnancy off thinking anything horrible would happen to this baby!
5. Let your work know
If you are working, it is important to not only give your employer fair notice but also for yourself. You may need to avoid heavy lifting and need frequent trips to the bathroom! In all fairness, it will give your boss time to sort out a replacement if needed, and hopefully give them a bit of sympathy for all of your pregnancy symptoms.
6. Join free baby sites
See these the following sites to sign up and receive free samples! Enfamil, Huggies, Gerber, Heinz, Nestlé Carnation, Johnson & Johnson to name a few. Go Google crazy looking for free samples. There are a ton of them out there, and the more free stuff the better!
7. Start the baby product collecting!
Read The Baby Basics You Definitely Need for a list of baby products that you actually need and a list one things you don't. Always best to get an idea of how to save money on the stuff you probably won't use.
Once the news has been shared start accepting hand me downs and do some garage sailing and online browsing. There are a few things you will not want second hand, but more on that later.
8. Start your registry.
I live in a small town so I used Walmart in case I needed to quickly return something. But you can use Babies R Us, Amazon, Target, whatever suits your style. Head over to my Baby Store page for the best line up of baby basics. You can subscribe for diaper discounts and prime members get a free gift when they create a registry!
9. Nesting Phase
If you are like me, once you hit the second trimester you start the nesting phase. This is where you start to prepare your home, and life, for baby in a rather frantic manner. You will want to deep clean the house, start decorating the nursery and organize everything in your kitchen. Trust me.
10. Monitor Your Health
Make sure you are continuing those doctor appointments I mentioned before. You may choose to go with a midwife instead of an obstetrician, and that is OK! Ultrasounds and check ups will begin to happen more frequently now. If you live in a larger city your family doctor will most likely refer you to an obstetrician in your second trimester.
11. The Paperwork
Take a look into the paperwork stuff. Applying for your baby bonus, going on maternity or parental leave, and your financial situation. Do not forget to learn about how to put baby on your health insurance also. Learn this stuff now, because when baby comes it will be the last thing on your mind.
12. Visit your hospital
Take a tour and familiarize yourself with parking, room types, and where your husband can find food! They will have you fill out necessary forms now so you do not have to after your water has broke! This way, when you start labor you can be wheeled right to the delivery floor and they will already have all of your information ready.
13. Baby Shower
If you are having a baby shower, start planning it now. Send out your invites and baby registry. Give people plenty of notice to save the date and save up for larger gift items. Start your baby registry on the Baby Store page and subscribe for diaper discounts and a free gift!
You are going to want a few things new instead of second hand. I suggest a breast feeding pillow (you really don't want someone else's breast milk covered pillow) and a car sear should be purchased new.
14. Finishing Touches
Now that you have your new and second hand baby products and your nursery painted, put it all together! Start washing those baby clothes and putting them in the dresser! Let your husband finally play with his tool set and set up the crib and nursery furniture.
15. Pack your hospital bag
Plan to pack for at least 2 days. I recommend having yourself ready for the baby to come by month 7. My son was 6 weeks premature and I am very thankful that I was more than ready when he came!
16. Give your work the appropriate notice
Do what you feel comfortable with. It is easy to feel pressured to be that perfect woman that works 9 hour days until her water breaks, but everyone is different and every pregnancy is different. Maybe that perfect woman did not deal with hip pain and daily vomiting!
Make sure you check the minimum required hours for Employment Insurance type maternity leave as they differ per area. For me, I left work at month 5 because I could not handle being on my feet for 9 hours. No shame in my game!
17. Make your pregnancy plan
Some moms swear by a labor and delivery plan for the hospital. I decided I would wing it and hope for the best. If you do want to have a birth plan, now is the time to get it on paper and keep it in the hospital bag and / or share with your midwife.
18. Make your hospital stay plan
Do you have other kids at home? Who will look after them while you are at the hospital? Who can let your dog out if you will be away for awhile? If you need to make spare keys for friends or family members, do that now. You can also try a service like Urban Sitter if you do not know many people in your area.
19. Get Some Rest
Last but not least - sleep! Nap, have lazy days, watch that Netflix, because you will look back at these relaxing days fondly once baby comes!
Check out the post for How to Make Pregnancy More Comfortable!
If you had a rock'in to do list while you were pregnant, and you think it will help other moms to be, share! Throw it in the comments, it is so appreciated!