First Trimester

Checklist: Pregnancy Timeline

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

Photo: Angela Weedon Photography

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

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.

By Paula Kashtan