Finding out you are pregnant is exhilarating along with many other emotions. Finding out you are pregnant when you weren’t really trying to get pregnant is terrifying. As excited as we were, at the same time there were a lot of things that needed to be done to prepare for baby.
Preparation helps to ease anxiety and with pregnancy and the journey into parenthood comes lots of added weight and pressure and so I feel like the more physically prepared, mentally, and emotionally prepared you are for baby it will help to make these transitions so much easier. Also, you really have to be prepared for the unexpected. You dont know if your baby will arrive on-time or early. You dont know what type of delivery you will have. You can prepare and prepeare but you also have to be flexible and expect the unexpected. Preparation in advance helps to ensure that if things dont go according to plan (which they rarely do) you won’t be AS disadvantaged.
I put together an outline of my timeline. Its broken down my trimesters and then my third trimester is broken down into months.
- Meet with OBGYN
- Continue your exercise routine
- Up that Water Intake
- Make sure you are a good prenatal
- Decide what types of prenatal testing you want to
- Verify Insurance
(Usually your OB will do this). Make sure you verify not only your OBGYN’s charges but also verify with the hospital you are delivering at on what you will be billed. You don’t want any surprises. Also, make sure they verify your plan year and deductibles accurately. Our OB initially verified it correctly, but when we went back toward the middle of my second trimester, they said that we owed more than they had initially told us which was inaccurate. With anything, you have to take responsibility to ensure that what the OB’s office told you was accurate to make sure you are not over paying.
- Start Dreaming – You may not know what you are having yet, but you are having a tiny human! Look at Pinterest and start thinking about what you would like your nursery to look like.
- Create a Pinterest Board
- Decide where your babies nursery will be in your home and start thinking logistically what you need to do to prepare.
- I am so glad that I did not wait to get my nursery done. Take it from me, you hit that third trimester in no time especially when the main bulk of your pregnancy is during the Holidays. I would recommend preparing the room early on as to avoid having a bunch of hard work to do last minute. We knew the sex of our baby at week 12 so we were able to start early and that was perfect for this super Type A momma to-be.
- Order some Books! Some of my Favorites:
- Start Documenting
- I tried to use a traditional baby book and it did not work for me. I started a Shutterfly book and this has honestly for me been the best way to journal my pregnancy with photos. There are so many options!
- Think about how you will announce your pregnancy
- Think about if you want a Gender Reveal
- Announce you are pregnant to the world!
- Gender Reveal Party.
- 2 of my friends offered to throw ours so that was a big weight off of my shoulders and super sweet, but
- Invest in some good Maternity Clothes. Just get some basics. Dont go too crazy.
- If you need dental work done, now is the time! Its also a good idea to check in with your dentist during this trimester (Check with your OBGYN).
- Schedule Classes offered by your hospital
- I took most of mine during the first month of my third trimester.
- Start on your registry. There are SO many products out there. Be sure to check out my registry essentials linked on the main menu bar.
- Work on Nursery
- Schedule your maternity photos
- Order the outfit you need for this and anything else you may need.
- If you work outside of your home, get with your employer on your Maternity Leave/begin the FMLA Process.
- Watch YouTube Videos on:
- Registry Essentials
- Sleep Training
- Baby Product Reviews
I’ll go ahead and break this one down by months. This is MY specific plan. You obviously do not have to follow this to a T, but I find breaking it down by months really helped me.
- My OBGYN recommended getting the TDAP (Whooping Cough) this trimester around 28 weeks. Check with your OBGYN but make sure you get this in a timely manner if it is something you are getting.
January (3 months before baby)
- Attend a Breastfeeding Class
- Attend a Newborn Care Class
- Attend a Prepared Birthing Class
- Get shower hostess gifts and thank you notes together
February (2 Months before Baby)
I am having 3 baby showers this month. We are very blessed. So, this is why I wanted to spend the month prior getting together my Thank You Notes.
- Hospital Tour
- Register with Hospital and work out any final billing questions/concerns you have with your insurance Company.
- Meet with Pediatricians and decide on one.
March (1 Month before Baby)
- Finalize Nursery
- Finish buying items off of registry that are essential that we may have not received at Showers
- Get Car seat installed and checked with local police to ensure proper installation.
- Check with your hospital but in Houston there are several stations where you can go to check and ensure proper installation for FREE. This is offered in most places.
- Pack Babies bag for Hospital
- 2 Sleepers
- Going home outfit
- Lovie (Security Animal)
- Burp Cloths
- Maternity Photos
- Hair Appointment (Mid-Month)
- Get Nails Done
- Prenatal Masssage (If you are feeling comfortable.)
- Learn how to work the stroller and baby wrap and carrier
- Pack my hospital bag
- Make sure that Home Diapering Stations are Prepared and ready to go.
- We have a multi-level home and to make life easier, I am making a diapering station for each room where we spend the most time: Living, Babies Room, Bedroom
- Put together Post-Partum Care Kit for yourself
- Sitz Bath Salts
- Mommy Washer by Frida
- Adult Diapers (Oh, the joys of motherhood!)
- Order your nursing bras and post-partum undies
- Order your nursing Tanks/Tops
- Put together a nursing station:
- Breast Pads
- Nipple Cream
- Burp Cloths
- Make a car basket with essentials that we may need on the go but don’t want to lug around in the baby bag.
- Make a Diaper Caddy for all areas of your home that you spend the most time in. This way you dont have to go to the nursery for each diaper change.
- For me this is my living room and bedroom.
- Wash all baby clothes, bedding, blankets, and swaddles.
- Make sure baby medicine kit is ready
- Contraction Timer App
- Stock up on Essential Items. My mom is making a SAMS run for me of all my essential items that we use in bulk and are able to buy ahead of time: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper Goods…etc…
- I also enlisted her help on keeping a running list for me. I have SO many list and so having her help on keeping this one has saved me tremendously.
- Make a few freezer meals
- Make lactation cookie dough and freeze
- Print out charts for keeping track of baby feeds, changes, and pumping
For those Helping After Baby is Born
- Go over any assistance you need with pets with your care provider. We will have our families come to help us with our four legged crew.
- Put together a schedule and notes on feeding…etc.
- Put together list of chores that you do daily around the house that way if someone wants to know how to help, it takes the guess work out of it.
- Put together a Grocery List of Items your family uses daily so if someone is helping you they know what to buy to help keep you stocked up.
Now we wait. 🙂
I plan on spending the last part of March up until my due date relaxing and waiting for my little guy!
Pregnancy and Preparation for Baby can be extremely overwhelming at times so having things broken down has helped me so much and I hope it helps you!