Second Trimester Checklist (Weeks 14-26)

You're now 14 weeks in - congratulations! In honor of (hopefully) reduced morning sickness and increased energy, this is a list of things to do during the second trimester to prepare for baby’s arrival.

GENERAL

  • Continue taking a prenatal vitamin with folate daily.

  • Start organizing any baby items you’ve purchased or received as a gift.

  • Wash clothes and bedding in baby-safe detergent.

  • Store baby clothes by size.

  • Create your baby registry.

  • Locate any documents you and your partner will need on labor day. If any are missing, apply for new copies.

  • Decide if you’ll be having a baby shower. If so,

  • Choose a date and location.

  • Start a guest list.

  • Decide if you want maternity and/or newborn photos. If so, book a photographer.

  • Research cord blood banking to decide if you want to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood.

  • Plan a babymoon! Whether it’s an extravagant trip to Cabo or a special weekend staycation on the couch. You’ll never regret setting aside this dedicated pre-baby time.

  • Interview childcare providers (daycare, nanny). Join a waitlist if applicable.

  • Make an appointment with an OB-GYN that accepts your health insurance and delivers at your preferred hospital.

DOCTOR, DOCTOR!

  • Schedule a hospital tour.

  • Start filling out your birth plan.

  • Elevate your feet in the evenings to prevent or reduce swelling.

  • Consider taking a breastfeeding class if you plan to try breastfeeding.

  • Consider taking a birthing class that caters to your birth plan.

MONEY, HONEY!

  • Make sure you’re up to date on payments with your doctor’s office or midwife.

  • Make sure that your beneficiaries are up to date (e.g. 401k, 403b, IRA, life insurance, etc.).

  • Write or update your will.

  • Consider purchasing life and/or disability insurance for you and your partner.

  • Check to see if you qualify for financial assistance (WIC, Medicaid, single-mother-specific grants).

  • Inform your employer that you are pregnant, and state your intentions for taking maternity leave. Note that FMLA requires at least 30 days notice.

  • If your partner is also planning to take leave, remind them to inform their employer.

  • Create or add a buffer to your emergency savings fund. Typically, this should have 3-6 months of living expenses.

  • Consider enrolling in your employer’s Dependent Care FSA if it’s offered, and you will be incurring childcare expenses.

  • Draft a list of recurring expenses you expect once the baby is born.

  • Diapers

  • Baby Wipes

  • Childcare

  • Feeding Supplies (Milk collection and storage, formula, etc.)

  • Higher water/electric bills from increased utility usage (e.g. dishwasher, laundry machine, baths, etc.)

  • Clothing

  • Baby gear, toys, books

  • Prenatal Vitamins