Your pregnancy timeline

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0-4 weeks
  • Start/continue taking folic acid.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking and recreational drugs
  • Research your childbirth choices:
    • Public Hospital Care
    • Public hospital antenatal clinics
    • Midwives Clinics
    • Team Midwifery/Midwifery Group Practice
    • General practitioner shared care programs
    • Private Hospital Care
    • Birth Centre Care
    • Home Birth Care
    • Water births
5-8 weeks
  • You may start to feel sick for the next three weeks. This is most likely due to a rise in hormone levels. Ginger is a natural stomach settler; however talk your GP if you feel overwhelmed by the feelings of nausea.
  • Make your first appointment with your doctor/midwife.
  • If you are planning to go overseas check with your doctor/midwife if you are able to have any necessary vaccinations.
  • Consider your safety at work.
  • Make a dentist appointment.
  • Book your antenatal classes.
9-12 weeks
  • Have your ultrasound.
  • Start pregnancy exercising and/or consider modifying existing exercise program.
13 – 16 weeks
  • Announce your pregnancy
  • Stop taking Folic Acid now unless your doctor advises otherwise
  • An Amniocentesis test is usually done between weeks 15-18.
  • Research maternity entitlements
  • Research childcare options
17 – 20 weeks
  • Start maternity clothes shopping.
  • May have another ultrasound to test for physical abnormalities.
21 – 24 weeks
  • Start preparing the nursery.
  • Notify your employer in writing about your pregnancy.
25 – 28 weeks
  • Begin antenatal classes.
  • Start shopping for baby equipment/supplies. It will help your budget to spread the cost over a number of weeks.
29 – 32 weeks
33 – 36 weeks
  • If you are having more than one baby you cannot travel by plane after 32 weeks.
  • Check you have the baby basics organised.
  • Organise baby announcement stationery.
  • Buy two nursing bras, breast pads and sanitary pads.
  • Write your birth plan
  • Stock up on groceries and make a few meals to freeze for when you first come home.
  • Book a nappy service if you plan to use one.
  • Understand what an Apgar score tells you about the health of your newborn baby.
37 – 40 weeks
  • If you are pregnant with a single baby you cannot travel by air after 36 weeks.
  • Keep the digital camera/mobile phone charged at all times.
  • Discuss your birth plan with your birth partner and doctor/midwife
  • Make a list of phone numbers for your partner. Text is the easiest and quickest way to let everyone know baby has arrived.
  • Find the quickest route to hospital.
  • Have your birth partner fill in a diary with their activities and location for the next few weeks so you know where he or she is at all times.
  • Take time out just for you with a pregnancy massage, have your nails done (but don’t put on any nail polish) and have your hair cut.

This article was created for Kidspot – New Zealand’s parenting resource for during your pregnancy.

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