The Ultimate Pregnancy Month-by-Month Checklist

Growing a tiny human inside you is overwhelming, exciting, and everything in-between. Many things need to be done before your little bundle of joy arrives — from taking your prenatal vitamins and creating a baby budget to throwing on a baby shower and much more. This can sometimes make you feel hectic, but you don’t need to panic.

To help you stay organized and ensure you do all the essential things during pregnancy in a planned manner, here is a month-by-month checklist you can follow.

Month 1

  • Take an at-home pregnancy test after a delayed or missed period.
  • Write down the date of your last period or two.
  • Tell your partner the news.
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.
  • Talk to your doctor about safe medications during pregnancy.
  • Learn what foods you should not eat during pregnancy.
  • Talk to your doctor about your exercise routine.
  • Look for the early signs of pregnancy.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake.
  • Quit drinking and smoking. Instead, focus on a healthy lifestyle.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins if you haven’t already.
  • Create a family health history with the help of your partner, including any genetic or chromosomal disorders.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Month 2

  • Start sharing the news of your pregnancy with your close friends and family members.
  • Compile a list of questions for your first prenatal visit.
  • Schedule and prepare for your first prenatal visit between 8 and 12 weeks.
  • Decide whether you want to stick with your doctor through delivery. If not, search for the new one.
  • Talk to your insurance provider to find out which hospitals and doctors your plan covers.
  • Join an in-person pregnancy support group or sign up for an online due date club.
  • Buy a memory book or journal to record your symptoms, milestones, and questions.
  • Download a pregnancy app to stay organized for the next eight months.
  • Pick up a pregnancy book.
  • Be sure to drink lots of water.
  • Remove any chemical-laden products from your beauty cabinet.
  • Make Kegel exercises a part of your daily routine.
  • Pick up antacids to relieve indigestion and heartburn.
  • Shop for a couple of new soft and supportive maternity bras to hold your tender, changing breasts.
  • Make a dentist appointment.

Month 3

  • If allowed legally in your country, decide whether or not you’d like to know the baby’s gender. Discuss with your partner and make the decision that is best for you.
  • Get the first-trimester screening.
  • Listen to the baby’s heartbeat, if possible.
  • Create a list of things you want to do or enjoy before the baby arrives
  • Plan a babymoon vacation.
  • Review your company’s maternity leave policy.
  • Create a baby budget.
  • Go for a walk, or try moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes daily.
  • Be sure to stretch and warm-up before doing any exercise.
  • Start shopping for comfortable and elegant maternity wear online.
  • Start moisturizing your hips, thighs, and belly every day to avoid itching and dryness.
  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and intense hot-weather workouts.
  • Buy a comfortable body pillow for sleeping.

Month 4

  • Start taking weekly pictures of your growing belly.
  • Eat frequent, smaller meals more to avoid heartburn.
  • Find a pediatrician.
  • Start thinking about baby names.
  • Consider signing up for childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding, or prenatal yoga classes.
  • Ask your doctor about the quad marker screening test.
  • Start your baby registry.
  • Begin sleeping on your side.
  • Start eating calcium-rich foods now.
  • Strengthen your abs with pelvic tilts.
  • Visit local birth centers.
  • Treat yourself to a prenatal massage.
  • Combat pregnancy brain with reminders and notes.
  • Get a saline spray to alleviate nasal congestion.

Month 5

  • Get organized and tackle pending projects around the house.
  • If you’re giving your baby birth at home, research the advantages and disadvantages.
  • If you have decided to breastfeed, buy a couple of feeding tops with easy nursing access to wear during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Buy flats or sensible shoes with not more than 3-inch heels.
  • Scan your pix from your ultrasound and share them with your friends and family members.
  • Research nursery furniture.
  • Have a date night.
  • Know the symptoms and risks of preeclampsia.
  • Plan a baby shower.
  • Avoid sitting, standing, or crossing your legs for long periods to prevent varicose veins.

Month 6

  • Do any last-minute travel.
  • Start planning the nursery.
  • Write a birth plan.
  • Take the glucose screening test.
  • Look for childcare options if you will return to work after childbirth.
  • Find a birth doula, if required.
  • Get tested for gestational diabetes.
  • Babyproof your house.
  • Pre-register at your birthing center or hospital.
  • If your feet are swollen, elevate them. Also, try wearing stretchable maternity leggings to relieve swelling.

Month 7

  • Throw your baby shower.
  • Plan your maternity leaves.
  • Start preparing for birth announcements.
  • Buy things that you didn’t receive at your shower.
  • Plan care for your pets and other children during labor.
  • Prepare an emergency kit and a baby first-aid kit.
  • Eat a diet rich in fiber to prevent hemorrhoids and constipation.
  • Learn the signs of premature labor.
  • Eat food rich in iron.
  • Try exercises designed to prepare your body for delivery day
  • Set up the baby’s nursery.
  • Pack your hospital bag and one for your partner.

Month 8

  • Send thank-you notes for your shower gifts.
  • Review your baby registry to see what items you missed.
  • Rest as much as you can.
  • Install your car seat.
  • Clean out your car to make room for the baby.
  • Buy any items you’ll need for postpartum recovery.
  • Start reading about newborn care.
  • Buy a baby book.
  • Review your birth plan with the doctor, doula, midwife, or any others involved.
  • Ask your insurance company to add your baby-to-be to your policy.

Month 9

  • Tie up any loose ends with medical insurance or finances.
  • Practice any breathing or relaxation techniques you’ve learned.
  • Wash the baby clothes and bedding.
  • Time your contractions.
  • Nail down your final choices for baby names.
  • Prepare your other children for their sibling’s arrival.
  • Create a list of who you want to contact when the baby arrives.
  • Stock up on diapers and wipes.
  • Take advantage of the extra time to rest.
  • Do squats to help prepare your body for labor.
  • Take a walk or stimulate your nipples to bring on labor.