Congratulations! You are expecting. And while this is a happy and exciting time, it can also be stressful. Planning for a new arrival can be overwhelming, and often, it’s hard to know where to start. Our list walks you through the planning for every trimester for an easy transition into parenthood. Read on for a complete guide.
- Take a pregnancy test: You might suspect you are pregnant, and whether that’s from a missed period or morning sickness, it means it’s time to confirm. You can get a home pregnancy test at most supermarkets and drug stores.
- Talk to your partner: It’s time to relay the news. Talk about your plans and what you want to do moving forward.
- Start taking prenatal vitamins: You will need extra vitamins to support your growing child. Prenatal vitamins are rich in calcium, folic acid, and other nutrients essential for a healthy pregnancy.
- Schedule your first OB-GYN appointment: Your doctor will tell you how far along you are and your expected due date. You may even be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat.
- Budget: Babies cost money – lots of it. Start thinking about upcoming costs and work them into your budget.
- Create a baby registry: A new addition requires new stuff. Common categories include clothing, feeding, diapering, sleeping, and bathing.
- Think about maternity clothes: Your regular clothes may be getting tight around the middle. Start shopping for a few key pieces like a comfortable pair of pants or shorts and a few tops.
- Talk to your employer: If you work, start inquiring about maternity leave and familiarize yourself with state laws.
- Continue to go to your doctor’s appointments.
- Research and sign up for child birthing classes: All you know about these classes may come from sitcoms, but these help prepare you for labor and your child’s birth.
- Think about your birth plan: Every person has a different idea of what the perfect birth looks like, from the room’s environment to the amount of pain medication they want. Think about what you want your birth to look like and discuss it with your doctor and partner.
- Tour the hospital: Knowledge helps get rid of those first-time jitters. A hospital tour will familiarize you with the labor and delivery department as well as the hospital rooms you’ll be staying in.
- Pack your bag: Don’t let labor catch you off guard. Be ready with clothes, toiletries, and something for the baby to wear home.
- Find childcare: If you have other children, make arrangements for them when you’re in the hospital.
- No, we didn’t miscount; the first three months of a baby’s life are usually referred to as the fourth trimester. During this time, your baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb, and you are adjusting to life as a new parent.
- Consider a lactation consultant: If you are breastfeeding and need help, reach out.
- Reach out for help: Get the support of family members and friends, and be sure to rely on your partner.
- Continue seeing your doctor: Going to your post-natal appointments is essential. Your body has been through an incredible journey.