Pregnancy Tips by TrimesterUnsure about what to do now that you are pregnant? Here is a helpful maternity guide to get you through everything from your first prenatal checkup in the first trimester to your group B strep test at the end of your third trimester.

Important mile markers are bolded for your convenience. We look forward to serving you and your baby at our hospitals in Denver! Remember, we are here for you and your family from conception, to childbirth, to pediatric care after your baby is born.

First Trimester

  • Tell your partner
  • Purchase prenatal vitamins if you don’t already own them
  • Find an OB/GYN if you don’t have one
  • Schedule your first prenatal checkup (4-8 weeks)
  • Figure out how maternal leave will affect finances
  • Get your teeth cleaned
  • Begin a savings plan for you and your baby’s medical expenses
  • Purchase a full body pillow
  • OB/GYN visit (8-12 weeks)
  • Tell your boss and coworkers
  • Nuchal translucency screening (11-14 weeks)
  • Research prenatal exercise classes

Second Trimester

  • Purchase maternity clothes
  • Anomaly scan (14-16 weeks)
  • Start sleeping on your side (18-20 weeks)
  • Create your baby shower registry
  • Learn your baby’s sex (or don’t!)
  • Start planning your nursery
  • Dedicate time to your partner
  • Dedicate time to your friends
  • Finalize baby names
  • Talk to your baby (20-23 weeks)
  • Start researching pediatricians (22-23 weeks)
  • Interview your pediatrician finalists (25-27 weeks)
  • Find a childbirth class (25-29 weeks)

Third Trimester

  • Prepare birth plan
  • Finish nursery
  • Baby shower
  • Baby-proof your house
  • Get approved car seat
  • Prepare frozen meals
  • Visit doctor four times (28-37 weeks)
  • Prepare hospital bag
  • Group B strep test (35-37 weeks)
  • Non-stress test (36-39 weeks)
  • Biophysical profile (36-39 weeks)