First / second / third trimester checklists

First / second / third trimester checklists

Dr. Eduardo Torres


Congratulations on embarking on the incredible journey of parenthood! As you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy, let's turn the mundane into a magical checklist that will not only guide you through the essentials but also sprinkle a dash of fun and excitement along the way.

First Trimester

During the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 1-14), it is important to:

  • Schedule a prenatal visit with a healthcare provider
  • Prepare Questions for the First Prenatal Visit
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Avoid certain substances such as alcohol and tobacco and drugs (including marijuana)
  • Make lifestyle changes (such as getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet) to support a healthy pregnancy.
  • It is also recommended to have a
    • flu shot
    • PAP smear
    • prenatal screening test

Second Trimester

During the second trimester of pregnancy (weeks 14-28), it is important to continue with prenatal care and schedule any necessary tests, such as an anatomy ultrasound. Pregnant women may also begin to experience symptoms such as Braxton Hicks contractions and back pain, and it is important to discuss any concerns with a healthcare provider.

  • Schedule Regular Prenatal Visits and Ultrasound Appointments
  • Genetic Testing (Optional)
  • Drink plenty of water 2-3 Liters per day
  • Exercise with caution
  • Think about what you want to do for birth control after having the baby

Third Trimester

During the third trimester of pregnancy (weeks 28-42), it is important to continue with prenatal care and prepare for the birth. This may include:

  • Continue Regular Prenatal Visits
  • Finalize Birth Plan if applicable
  • Taking childbirth education classes
  • Discussing pain management options with a healthcare provider
  • Get TDAP and RSV vaccines.
  • Prenatal labs include diabetes screening.
  • Do a hospital tour of where you want to give birth
  • Find a pediatrician for your baby

It's also critical to understand when to visit the hospital and the indicators of labor. To assess the baby's wellbeing, the provider will also look at the baby's position and can suggest a non-stress test.

So, buckle up for a ride filled with laughter, love, and perhaps a few diaper-changing escapades. Let the adventure begin and may your journey into parenthood be as enchanting as the little one waiting to join your family!


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