Anyone that knows me knows that I love to-do lists, I might not always get around to completing them, but I sure do love making them!
When you find out you’re pregnant (congratulations are in order!), you don’t realise how much planning you have to do and how many things you need to take care of before the arrival of your baby. Luckily you have a couple of months before the time to make sure you’ve sorted everything out that you need to, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly time flies by and you’re left with trying to juggle a lot of things at once.
It can get stressful if you leave important factors for the last month or so and you’re running around (waddling more like it) trying to handle everything without losing your mind too much (although that can already be blamed on preggy brain).
I’ve split the to-do lists into the three trimesters so it’s easier to track and prioritise, however you can mark them off as and when it works for you best.
Here’s the next batch of things to do before you are due in your second trimester of pregnancy!
A birth plan allows you to document all your needs and wants on the day you have your baby and will help you discuss your options with your doctor so you’re both on the same page. Unless there are medical and health implications, you can choose the way you want to give birth. There is no ‘right’ way to give birth to your baby and you shouldn’t feel pressured to do the one or the other because of guilt.
Want to know more about a birth plan and what to include in yours
Stock up on essentials
The first few weeks after your baby has been born, you’re most likely not going to be leaving your house so you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. Especially if your husband is at work and you’re not allowed to drive yet. Stocking up on essentials such as non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials will take away some of the worries in the days you’re caring for a new baby.
If you haven’t yet, you can start on some of your baby shopping; stocking up on essentials such as nappies, wet wipes, hygiene products, etc. You’ll be using lots of these things as your baby grows and it’s always good to have a good supply of them. You can even start purchasing baby furniture if you’ve started setting up the baby room already.
Hospital maternity tour
It’s always a good idea to go on the maternity tour the hospital offers. You’ll be able to see where the wards are, what they look like, what the procedures are, what will happen during your stay and more. Any questions and concerns you may have can be raised there and you can go home knowing you’re prepared for your stay. You can also have a look at the tips I share on how to survive your hospital stay from my own experiences.
Buy in-between clothes
I don’t recommend rushing out and buying maternity wear in your first trimester because you don’t know how you will carry and how much weight you’ll gain, and by the time you think you’ll be able to wear them, you might need to purchase extra to accommodate your pregnancy. You can always buy in-between clothes until you feel the need to switch to maternity wear. The in-between clothing can be used after you’ve given birth as you’ll still need to wear stretchy clothing. Again, before rushing off to buy an all new wardrobe, shop your closet. See what you can wear up until the point you need to buy new clothes, and better yet, shop your husband’s closet for alternative wear.
If you’re still in your FIRST TRIMESTER, have you completed your to-do list yet?
Are you currently in your THIRD TRIMESTER? You might find this to-do list helpful!