Precious BeginningsYou have a positive pregnancy test! You only need to do one test (ok, two is better ☺)Tell your partner the great news and take a big breath…Congratulations!Prenatal Vitamins (at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day)Schedule your OB/GYN appointmentYou only need 300 extra calories a day now that you are pregnant
First Trimester6-12 Weeks
First OB check-up exam, obtain medical historyDiscuss prenatal laboratory testingDating Ultrasound, determine due dateMeet with OBGYN financial personnelYou may feel tired, bloated and your breasts may be tenderYou may be experiencing some nausea. Remedies include ginger tablets, small frequent meals and sleepTell your friends and family that you’re expecting!
Second Trimester12-16 Weeks
Discuss genetic counselingOB visit – Check weight, blood pressure and urine each visitListen for fetal heart tones and check uterine size each visitSign up for childbirth and lactation education classes with Memorial HospitalYour belly is starting to show! Start buying maternity clothesTry to get a little exercise everyday18-20 Weeks
Feel the baby moving for the first timeFind out about your employer disability policyStart looking for a pediatricianPlan the nursery and start registering for baby items – go shopping!
Third Trimester26 – 28 weeks
Complete your one-hour glucose test for diabetes screeningDiscuss Tdap vaccine and Rhogam shot if you have a Rh-negative blood typeDiscuss glucose test resultsDiscuss cord blood bankingChildbirth classes beginBaby Shower!32-36 Weeks
Group B Strep testCervix exam and check for baby’s positionDiscuss labor and deliveryLast time to fly safelyBuy a car seatPack your hospital bag and remember to include your baby book and camera!Prepare freezer meals to eat once baby arrives.
Check out our Healthy Recipes!36-40 + Weeks
OB visits weeklyWalking and staying active may help with laborElevate those swollen legsTurn in any paperwork needed for medical leaveBuy or rent a breast pumpInvest in a nursing braPre-wash baby’s clothes
DeliveryCongratulations on your new addition!Take lots of newborn pictures – they grow so fast!Tell everyone!
At home with your new babySleep when the baby sleepsDon’t be afraid to ask for helpSchedule your baby’s first doctor’s appointmentSchedule your postpartum appointment with our office by calling 812.481.2229Report the birth of your child to your insurance companyGet out those freezer mealsTake care of yourself!