Getting Pregnant Checklist

With doctors, finances and everything else, there's so much to think about! Here's what you need to do when TTC to prepare for pregnancy and a baby.
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Updated March 9, 2020
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Getting pregnant
[ ] Kick the pill (or any type of birth control)
[ ] Read up on conception and ovulation basics
[ ] Figure out when you’re ovulating
[ ] Consider charting cervical mucus texture
[ ] Learn to record basal body temperature
[ ] Think about an ovulation predictor kit
[ ] Potential dads — stay out of Jacuzzis and trade in briefs for boxers
[ ] Lose the lube (unless it’s clearly marked fertility-friendly)
[ ] Find the right position
[ ] Spice it up in the bedroom
[ ] Have sex!

Diet & fitness
[ ] Work on getting any weight problems under control
[ ] If either of you smoke, quit
[ ] Take prenatal vitamins
[ ] Balance out your diet
[ ] Start exercising — or scale back on extreme exercise
[ ] Start weaning yourself off alcohol
[ ] Begin limiting the lattes
[ ] Decrease your stress
[ ] Get plenty of sleep
[ ] Potential dads — avoid cottonseed oils

Doctors, tests & checkups
[ ] Interview ob-gyns
[ ] Schedule a preconception checkup
[ ] Make a list of preconception checkup questions
[ ] Discuss your (and your partner’s) medical history with the doc
[ ] Talk to your doc about genetic testing
[ ] Get immunized
[ ] Visit the dentist

Money & home
[ ] Talk it out — make sure you and your partner are on the same baby-making page
[ ] Check your home for harsh chemicals and asbestos
[ ] Evaluate your health insurance
[ ] If you’re self-employed, apply for private disability
[ ] Plan a baby budget

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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