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Pregnancy To Do List

First Trimester

Confirm your pregnancy

Start with an at-home pregnancy test the week after you usually have your period. You can read more about pregnancy tests in our section ‘Am I Pregnant?’ on upupnaway.com.au

Look into health insurance If you don’t have a health plan investigate your options, or if you do look into its coverage

Make a prenatal appointment Contact your healthcare provider and book, although your first appointment may not be for another 8 weeks or more

Consider your lifestyle Some activities may be dangerous to you and your baby now you are pregnant. It is important to look at your lifestyle choices and eliminate anything that might be harmful to you or your baby

Limit alcohol and quit smoking Smoking and alcohol increases the risk of pregnancy problems including miscarriage and premature birth

Change your diet Do your best to eat well, drink plenty of water and cut down on caffeine. Read our blogs ‘Pregnancy superfoods’ and ‘Foods to avoid while pregnant’ to learn which foods you should stock up on and which to skip

Look after your emotional wellbeing There is a lot of focus on physical preparation but it is important to prepare yourself emotionally and mentally for birth. Visit our section on mental health + wellbeing to read more Ensure your medications and beauty regimes are safe Ask your caregiver about any prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are taking and if they are safe for use during pregnancy Get plenty of rest Go to bed early if possible, you’re likely to be feeling exhausted

Investigate your prenatal testing options You have choices about testing which can provide information about your baby’s risk for chromosomal problems and birth defects. Visit our section on prenatal care, scans + checks to read more

Choose a caregiver Ask your doctor, friends or family if they can recommend a care provider

Learn the signs of pregnancy problems Consult your GP and check our list of symptoms that may signify problems during or after your pregnancy

Invest in some new bras and underwear Maternity garments can help your comfort levels – check out your local lingerie stores for some beautiful options!

Start a baby name list Now you can finally whip out that list you’ve been secretly compiling since you were 14!

Prepare a baby budget Begin to plan for your new expenses; nursery, clothing, food, nappies, etc can all add up fast Have sex Sex while pregnant is mostly safe in normal pregnancies. As your gestation progresses you may find your sex drive fluctuating between being high and low. You can read more about sex + intimacy during pregnancy on our website Talk to your partner about parenting

Get the conversation going. Chat about your upbringing, families you think ‘work’, the type of parents you want to be. See our articles on relationships

Start moisturising Do what you can to avoid stretch marks and keep your skin elasticated Take some bump photos Taking a series of weekly snapshots is a fun keepsake to document your growing belly. Visit our blog on pregnancy photography for some ideas

Follow your and your baby’s development

Visit our weekly breakdown to see what’s happening to you and your baby

Second Trimester

Begin planning financially Becoming a parent brings an increase in financial responsibilities. Read about budgeting, work and childcare in our parenting section

It’s a …! Decide whether you want to know the sex of your baby. If you have an ultrasound or amniocentesis coming up you’ll need to decide

Look into child birthing classes There are in-person or online classes available if classes are something you may be interested in

Revaluate your exercise regime It is important to remain active and healthy, but you may have to change your routine now that you are pregnant. You may also consider prenatal exercise classes. Visit our website for more information on exercise during pregnancy

Consider a professional labour coach Doulas are an option to assist you during labour and delivery, so start meeting some candidates now. View more about birth partners on our website

Speak to your older children If you have other children begin to prepare them for the arrival of a new sibling. Read our articles on how to ease the transition in our parenting section.