Pregnancy Checklist: Your Second Trimester To-Dos

Now comes the fun stuff: Pregnancy announcements, baby registries and more! Find out what you should be doing during your second trimester.
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ByPaula Kashtan
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Aug 2020
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You’ve made it to your second trimester, which means your baby bump is likely starting to show, your nausea may be dying down and your energy might be returning. Just in time for you to tackle your second trimester to-dos! Here’s what’s on your checklist for the coming months.

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 12-16

• If you haven’t already, get into a healthy pregnancy workout routine; sign up for a class or download a training app
• Send out pregnancy announcement cards or come up with creative ways to announce your pregnancy to family and friends
Tell your boss or employees about your pregnancy
• Start planning your maternity leave
• Go to your doctor’s visit

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 16-20

• Start decorating your nursery or enlist professional designers
• Get started on your baby registry
• Look into childcare options
• Begin buying maternity clothes—or consider renting them!
• Go to your doctor’s appointment
• Have your mid-pregnancy ultrasound (around week 20)

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 20-24

• Start interviewing pediatricians Research and sign up for childbirth classes
• Figure out baby shower logistics (date, host, location, guests, etc.)
• Go to your doctor’s visit

Pregnancy Checklist for Weeks 24-28

• Finalize your baby registry
• If hosting, send out baby shower invites
• Update or write your will, including directions for baby’s inheritance and guardianship; you can even complete it online
• Purchase life insurance; companies like Policygenius can make it hassle-free
• Update your 401K and retirement account beneficiaries
• If using a doula, start interviews
• Begin childcare interviews Go to your doctor’s visit
• Do your glucose challenge screening test (at week 24-28)

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