Weeks of Pregnancy

Learn more about what to do and expect each week of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Trimesters

Pregnancy is a joyous time for parents. View our checklist for each trimester below, and more information with videos about the weeks of pregnancy.

Educating Yourself

You want to be as prepared as possible for the arrival of your little one—our classes will give you the skills and information you need to create a happy, healthy future for baby and yourself. All childbirth classes are taught by nationally certified childbirth educators and St. Mary’s labor and delivery staff.

When should I take classes?

Plan to take your classes during your second and third trimesters. We recommend registering early, however, so you can be sure of getting your preferred days and times.

Trimester Checklists

First Trimester

  • Schedule a tour of the Maternity Center at St. Mary’s. We offer educational tours to help you get acquainted with our facility as well as your options for labor and delivery. We also have special tours for the soon-to-be big brothers and sisters. To set up a tour, call (402) 873-3321.
  • Check your vaccination records. It is very important to ask your provider’s office for your immunization records to determine when you last received the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory illness. The vaccine most commonly used for whooping cough gives protection for less than 10 years, so unless you are revaccinated as an adult, you could get whooping cough.
  • Explore your options for pregnancy classes. Classes can help you and your partner prepare for the arrival of your little one—and there are many options. St. Mary’s offers a wide variety covering topics such as Lamaze, having multiples, exercising during pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant care, and more. Register early to ensure you get a spot in the class you want.
  • Make a financial plan. Contact your insurance company and “pre-certify” if needed. St. Mary’s will work with you and your insurance company to meet the goals you and your partner have set for the birth of your child. We also have a payment plan option for people who are not insured.

Second Trimester

  • Create your birth plan. St. Mary’s can provide natural childbirth, 24-hour physician-administered anesthesia, and various other options for your delivery, allowing you to choose what you prefer. We will work with your physician or certified nurse midwife to design a birth plan that is right for you and your baby.
  • Complete preadmission forms. Completing these forms ahead of time will speed up your admission process and allow us to make you comfortable as soon as you arrive at the hospital.
  • Plan your birth support options. Talk to your partner, doula, relative, or friend about being your support during delivery.
  • Make child care arrangements. Now is the time to start exploring your options, as many care centers may have a waiting list.
  • Schedule time for rest. Your body is experiencing many changes right now, so be sure to set aside time to get the rest and relaxation you need to stay healthy.
  • Buy birth announcements and address envelopes. If you plan to send birth announcements, get them ready now so you can focus on your new baby when they come home.
  • Notice when your baby moves and keep track of activity. Spend time bonding with your baby as they grow and become more active.
  • Take infant care and pregnancy exercise classes. Start learning how to take care of your baby and keep yourself healthy.

Third Trimester

  • Expect a call for your pregnancy registration telephone conference. A St. Mary’s staff member will contact you to discuss both medication and non-medication options for managing pain during your delivery. We will also discuss any special requests and educate you about cesarean birth, if needed.
  • Take a childbirth class. Learn about labor-coping tools, medications, epidurals, and childbirth options.
  • Get a car seat fitting. Nebraska law dictates that your baby will not be able to leave the hospital without a car seat.
  • Select a physician for your child. Be sure to call and check that the physician is accepting new patients.
  • Take a breastfeeding class. Our breastfeeding classes are taught by certified lactation consultants and specially trained nurses.
  • Discuss requests with your support person. Talk about any cultural and family traditions or prayers you would like to incorporate into your delivery experience.
  • Decide on a name for your baby. If the gender of your baby is a surprise, have names picked out for both a boy and a girl. It might be a good idea to have a backup name as well, in case your first choice doesn’t seem to fit when you meet your little one.
  • Continue bonding with your baby. Read aloud and play music to soothe and comfort your baby.
  • Pack your hospital bag. It’s always a good idea to be ready early, just in case. We have a handy checklist to help you know what to pack.