Pregnancy Checklist

Preparing for the birth of your child can be one of the most exciting yet daunting times in your life. To help you plan for this day, we’ve created this checklist of things you should start doing over the next couple of months.

During your 3rd or 4th month of pregnancy

  • Pre-register for the hospital
  • Register for childbirth and baby care classes
  • Register for breast-feeding class
  • Register for a tour of the hospital
  • Begin the search for a doctor or clinic for your baby

During your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy

  • Decide about circumcision if you are having a boy
  • Choose a car seat and learn how to use it
  • Learn about options for pain management during labor
  • Make a final choice for your baby’s doctor or clinic

At least a month before your due date

  • Organize your house
  • Arrange for help with the household chores and for help after the baby comes
  • Pack a bag for mom, baby and support person
  • Safely secure the car seat into your car
  • If you plan to return to work or school, begin your search for child-care
  • Make sure your baby’s doctor’s office knows about your choice of doctor for your baby