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Trimester Checklists

First Trimester (First 13 Weeks)

During your first trimester of pregnancy, you will visit the  provider once a month for routine check-ups. Questions you should ask your provider now are:

  • What changes can I expect before my next visit?
  • Can I take medication?
  • What should I eat to give my baby a healthy start?
  • How much weight should I gain during this time and throughout my pregnancy?
  • Is there any need to change my activities?
  • What are some of the things I should call you about?
  • What type of exercise should I get and how often should I exercise?
  • If I am a smoker, how can I cut down or stop during pregnancy?
  • Consider what Maternity Center or Birth Center you would like to deliver at. Tours are available online and in-person. 
  • Familiarize yourself with our childbirth and parenting classes.
  • Enroll in a prenatal exercise class, if your provider allows.
  • Check into prenatal and maternity benefits that your insurance may provide. No insurance or high deductible plan? CHI Health has partnered with MDsave to offer you one, upfront price on office visits, ultrasounds, delivery and more. 
  • Investigate your employer’s maternity or parental-leave policies.
  • Take all vitamin supplements prescribed for you by your provider. Discuss with your provider your options of when to take them.
  • Stop smoking and encourage others living in the home not to smoke around you.
  • Wear safety belt.

Second Trimester (Middle 14 Weeks)

You may notice a rapid change in your personal appearance  during these months...some changes you may be excited about,  others can be unexpected. If any of these changes cause you concern,  visit with your provider or the office nurse for more information.

  • Register for Childbirth Preparation Classes. It is recommended that you complete  the classes before your 36th week.
  • Review your medical insurance coverage and complete any required paperwork.
  • If you plan to use day care services after your baby arrives, begin exploring  child-care options.
  • Select a pediatrician or family medicine provider to care for your baby. 
  • Make sure the provider has privileges at your hospital of choice for your delivery.
  • Wear safety belt.

Third Trimester (Last 13 Weeks)

This trimester can be a mix of concern and excitement.  An excellent way to reduce fears about the birth of your baby is to ask  questions, read, and enroll in childbirth classes. Your physical changes may greatly increase during this time, but if any of the symptoms are excessive or unusual, such as spotting, cramping or excessive weight gain, call your provider.

  • Pack your bag for yourself and your baby.
  • Purchase an infant car seat and familiarize yourself with how it works before you try it out on your newborn. Refer to your car’s owner’s manual for proper directions. Practice installing the seat in your car, at least once before the delivery date.
  • Set up an appointment with a local safety check station to assist with car seat questions and proper usage.
  • Determine the fastest route to the hospital and consider making a trial run.
  • Stock up on household items and food so you will have plenty on hand when you return home with your baby.
  • If you have preferences concerning the management of your labor and baby’s birth, discuss them with your provider.
  • If you have other children, please make plans for their care while you are in the hospital. Consider having a backup plan.
  • Have the phone numbers of your provider and the hospital in your phone for easy access. 
  • Confirm what your provider wants you to do when you believe labor has begun.
  • Wear safety belt.