Your To-Do Checklist for TTC, Pregnancy and Beyond

From trying to conceive all the way to baby's birth, here are the important tasks to check off your to-do list.
ByPaula Kashtan
December 20, 2018
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When you’re gearing up for baby, there’s a lot to do. This handy month-by-month pregnancy checklist walks you through the key tasks for every stage of the journey, from TTC to your first month with baby.

TTC Checklist

  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Talk to relatives about your family medical history, including birth defects, miscarriages and genetic disorders
  • Get a preconception checkup
  • Get a tetanus booster and German measles and chicken pox immunizations
  • See the dentist
  • If you’re self-employed, apply for a private disability policy

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 1-8

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 8-12

  • Talk to your doctor about any prenatal testing you should (or want) to get
  • Consider doing a First Trimester Screening to determine the risk of any chromosomal abnormalities in baby (between weeks 11 and 14)
  • Complete your nuchal translucency screening (between weeks 10 and 12)
  • If you’ve been planning to change your last name before baby is born, now is a good time; companies like HitchSwitch can help make the process stress-free
  • Go to your next doctor’s appointment

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 12-16

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 16-20

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 20-24

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 24-28

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 28-32

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 32-36

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 36 Until Delivery

Month 1

  • Go to pediatrician’s visits (likely two to three times this month)
  • Give baby first Hepatitis B vaccine (and second dose between 1 and 2 months)
  • Ask pediatrician about Vitamin D drops for breastfed babies
  • See a lactation consultant to help with breastfeeding, if needed
  • Schedule your postpartum doctor’s visit (usually 6 weeks after birth)
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