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Checklist: Pregnancy Timeline

Tick, tock! Get our step-by-step pregnancy checklist from TTC to birth and beyond.

Photo: Angela Weedon Photography

This handy month-by-month pregnancy guide takes you through every stage of the journey, from TTC to your beautiful three-month-old baby.

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TTC
[  ] See the dentist
[  ] Preconception checkup
[  ] Get tetanus booster and German measles and chicken pox immunizations
[  ] Talk to relatives about family medical history including birth defects, miscarriages and genetic disorders
[  ] Start taking prenatal vitamins
[  ] If self employed, apply for a private disability policy 

Weeks 1-8*
[  ] Take pregnancy test
[  ] Tell your partner the good news
[  ] Find an OB/GYN
[  ] Schedule prenatal checkup
[  ] Research insurance -- how does it deal with pregnancy and children?
[  ] Make sure partner has short and long term disability
[  ] Figure out how pregnancy, baby and maternity leave will affect finances
[  ] Create a savings plan for your child's future expenses
[  ] Make a budget to start saving now
[  ] First prenatal checkup (week 4-8)

Weeks 8-12
[  ] Start buying maternity clothes
[  ] Chorionic villus sampling
[  ] Nuchal translucency screening (week 10-12)
[  ] Chromosomal disorder screening (week 10-14)
[  ] Doctor visit

Weeks 12-16
[  ] Start planning maternity leave and postpartum work schedule
[  ] Tell boss about pregnancy
[  ] Doctor visit
[  ] Milestone: Tell friends and family? 

Weeks 16-20
[  ] Start planning nursery
[  ] Look into childcare options
[  ] Doctor visit
[  ] Standard mid-pregnancy ultrasound
[  ] Amniocentesis and triple screen (week 15-18)
[  ] Milestone: Find out baby's gender?
[  ] Milestone: Hear baby's heartbeat with stethoscope?
[  ] Milestone: First baby kick?
[  ] Milestone: Belly starting to show?

Weeks 20-24
[  ] Start pediatrician interviews
[  ] Research and sign up for childbirth classes
[  ] Figure out baby shower logistics (date, host, location, guests, etc.)
[  ] If banking cord blood, figure out where and order kit
[  ] Doctor visit

Weeks 24-28
[  ] Update or write will, including directions for child's inheritance and guardianship
[  ] Purchase life insurance
[  ] Update 401K and retirement account beneficiaries
[  ] If using doula, start interviews
[  ] Start childcare interviews
[  ] Send out shower invites
[  ] Register for shower gifts
[  ] Doctor visit 

Weeks 28-32
[  ] Babyproof house
[  ] Start fetal kick counts
[  ] Prepare birth plan
[  ] Baby shower
[  ] Send thank-you notes for gifts (start one week after shower)
[  ] Cook and freeze meals for after delivery
[  ] Start childbirth class
[  ] Doctor visits (two this month)
[  ] Milestone: Others feel baby move?

Weeks 32-36
[  ] Buy any baby items still needed
[  ] Prepare all baby first aid and emergency items
[  ] Print and fill out emergency sheets
[  ] Get a low-maintenance haircut
[  ] Finish painting nursery
[  ] Get car seat inspected
[  ] Pack hospital bag
[  ] Contact local cord blood bank if interested in donating
[  ] Find out what screening tests your hospital routinely gives newborns
[  ] Speak with doctor about any additional tests you'd like run
[  ] Doctor visits (two this month)
[  ] Group B strep test (week 35-37)
[  ] Milestone: Last day of work
[  ] Milestone: Last week to fly safely (week 35)

Weeks 36-delivery
[  ] Doctor visits (weekly until delivery)
[  ] Non-stress test
[  ] Biophysical profile

Month 1
[  ] Hepatitis B #1 (birth-two months)
[  ] Pediatrician visit (week 2-4)

Month 2
[  ] Baby old enough to be accepted at some daycares (week 6)
[  ] Meet with manager to discuss work hours and return to projects
[  ] Hepatitis B #2 (month 1-4)
[  ] Milestone: First day back at work

Month 3
[  ] Pediatrician visit
[  ] DtaP, Hib, polio, PCV and rotovirus vaccines
[  ] Milestone: First smile

*We start counting pregnancy from the last menstrual period  

-- Paula Kashtan

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