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My Pregnancy Timeline (How I Tackle the To-Dos!)
This being my third pregnancy, I have a pretty good schedule of when to do what and how to get everything done in time for baby’s arrival. When you first find out you are pregnant, the to-dos can be pretty overwhelming. From taking care of yourself, going to childbirth classes, and getting all of the baby “stuff,” there seems to be a never-ending mountain of tasks. Here’s how I tackle the to-dos just a little bit at a time…
A Timeline for Mamas-to-Be
Click through to see what you can tackle each week or month until your little one arrives!
Even though there are plenty of “know ahead” pregnancy tests out there, I like to be sure and wait until a week or two after my missed Aunt Flo. As soon as I get a positive, I call the doctor!
Most doctors like to see their patients around 8 weeks. This is a time to hear your baby’s heartbeat and to ask any questions you might be having!
This is the hardest part for me. I get terribly sick when I’m pregnant, so all of my other to-dos get thrown out the window so I can focus on eating right and let’s be honest, staying upright!
We have always told our closest family & friends our good news around 12 weeks. We like to wait a little bit to know for sure and we like to tell them before everyone else!
Around 14 weeks, or after the first trimester, it’s time to tell the world! We made a pregnancy announcement this last time around!
It seems that with each pregnancy, my clothes start to feel a bit snug around 16 weeks. This is when I usually break out the maternity clothes!
Around 16 weeks, I get a HUGE surge of energy. This is a great time to start thinking about decorating the nursery, baby names, and more!
We like to find out ahead of time if we’ll be having a BOY or a GIRL. Our doctor likes to do the morphology scan around 20 weeks, just halfway through the journey!
Around 5 months, I start feeling pretty achy in my hips and pelvis. This is a great time to start swimming, stretching, or doing prenatal yoga. 5 months is also when I like to plan out our big nursery furniture items.
While this is my third pregnancy, I probably won’t be taking these classes this time around. However, if you are pregnant for the first time, I highly recommending taking classes on both childbirth and breastfeeding!
During the 7th month, I like to have the nursery ready to go. It’s great to have it done ahead of time! This is also a good time to start thinking about the kind of labor and delivery you’d like to have.
In my 8th month, I pack my hospital bag, then sit back and relax. This is a good time to get a prenatal massage, pedicure, or even go on a little babymoon!
At 9 months pregnant, I only have 1 thing on my mind: when will the baby come?! In your last few anxious weeks, make ahead some meals and get your house in tip-top shape! There will be little time for either once your little bundle arrives.