Pregnancy Checklist by Trimester


Many thoughts have probably raced through your mind since you found out you were pregnant. Now it's time to take a step back, get organized, and get your questions answered. Use this helpful checklist below to help plan during each trimester before your little bundle arrives.

First Trimester Checklist

  • Confirm your pregnancy
  • Take your prenatal vitamin
  • Become better acquainted with your health insurance
  • Decide on your healthcare provider
  • Abstain from alcohol
  • Make a prenatal appointment
  • Consult your provider about medications you’re taking
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Make sure your activities are pregnancy safe
  • Start avoiding hazardous foods
  • Look into your vaccination history
  • Go to bed early
  • Consider your options for prenatal testing
  • Decide when you are going to share your news
  • Make an appointment with your dentist
  • Learn the signs of a pregnancy problem
  • Talk to your partner about parenting
  • Make a baby budget
  • Start a baby name list

Second Trimester Checklist

  • Find a prenatal exercise class
  • Learn about second-trimester prenatal visits and tests
  • Start shopping for maternity clothes
  • Plan some adult time
  • Start moisturizing your belly
  • Narrow your baby names list
  • Decide whether you’ll find out the sex of your baby
  • Jot down your crazy pregnancy dreams
  • Look into childbirth classes
  • Prepare your older children
  • Prepare your pets
  • Start your childcare search
  • Start sleeping on your side
  • Start doing Kegel exercises
  • Create a baby registry
  • Think about your maternity leave
  • Avoid unsafe activities
  • Tackle your home improvement projects
  • Dedicate time to your partner

Third Trimester Checklist

  • Keep track of your baby’s movements
  • Learn about third-trimester prenatal visits and tests
  • Consider more classes
  • Prepare for breastfeeding
  • Choose a doctor for your baby
  • Think about big decisions
  • Assemble your baby gear
  • Set up a safe place for your baby to sleep
  • Talk to your baby
  • Learn about coping with labor pain
  • Know the stages of labor
  • Create a birth plan
  • Wash your baby’s clothing and bedding
  • Start lining up helpers
  • Commemorate your belly
  • Read up on baby care
  • Pack your bag for the hospital or birth center
  • Have your house cleaned
  • Stock up on household and personal supplies
  • Make food for after your baby’s born
  • Install your baby’s car seat
  • Tour your hospital or birth center
  • Make a plan for when labor starts
  • Look out for late-pregnancy complications
  • Find baby name inspiration
  • Cope with late-pregnancy jitters
  • Learn what your body will be like after birth
  • Stock up on light entertainment
  • Don’t panic if you go past your due date

For questions about having a baby at South County Hospital, call the Center for Women's Health at 401-789-0661.