checklist from week 1 to week 36

Weeks 1-8


Mom

Choose an OB/GYN & schedule first prenatal appointment
Start taking prenatal vitamins to help both you and the baby stay healthy
Get all immunizations, including tetanus booster, rubella and chicken pox on time


Baby

The baby’s little heart will start beating by the fourth week
Baby is about the size of a large grape by week 8

Weeks 8-12


Mom

Get screenings done for chromosomal or genetic disorders
Get adequate rest and sleep


Baby

The ultrasound can now reveal the baby’s heart beating
Baby’s major organs have started to form

Weeks 12-16


Mom

Inform your family and office and start planning your maternity leave


Baby

Baby can now suck his or her thumb & grab the umbilical cord
Baby is capable of and making facial expressions

Weeks 16-20


Mom

Schedule your mid-pregnancy ultrasound
Consult your doctor.Baby’s growth cause heartburn


Baby

Baby is learning how to kick

Weeks 20-24


Mom

Start with 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise every day, like walking, swimming or yoga
Hormones can increase oil production so keep your skin clear with a gentle face cleanser


Baby

Baby now has unique fingerprints
Baby’s can now hear your voice, so start talking to them

Weeks 24-28


Mom

Get all your regular medical checks done
Moisturizing 3-4 times a day with cocoa butter lotion will help get rid of stretch marks


Baby

Baby will grow fast between weeks 26-29 & will gain a lot of baby fat
Baby’s immune system begins to develop

Weeks 28-32


Mom

Prepare your birth plan with your doctor or midwife. It is the right time to begin.


Baby

Baby only weighs 2-3 pounds and is 14-17 inches long
Baby now feels and often reacts to loud music & fast movements

Weeks 32-36


Mom

Prepare your hospital bag to stay prepared.
Consult the doctor more often now and get answers to all your questions.


Baby

Baby has learned how to blink
With less room, Baby may start to squirm to get more comfortable

Weeks 36 Delivery


Mom

Prepare everything for the baby’s arrival at home.
Consult the doctor and mid wife.
Recognize the signs of labor- contractions, water breaking & nesting.


Baby

Baby gains half anounce of fat per day
Baby changes position to prepare for birth