Trimesters 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, that provides more information about the weeks of your 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 your baby and yourself.  All childbirth education classes are taught by our very own St. Mary’s labor and delivery nurses.

When should I take classes?

Plan to take your class during the second or third trimester of your pregnancy.  We recommend registering early, allowing you to choose the date and times that work best around your schedule.  Our classes are scheduled every other month starting in January.  There is a small fee for each couple, this is to be paid to the registers desk prior to your set class date. Call (402) 874-5214 with any concerns of payment.

Please call (402) 873-3321 to speak with a labor and delivery nurse, she will assist you in getting set up for the correct childbirth education class.

First Trimester

  • Schedule a tour of the Maternity Center at St. Mary’s.  We offer education tours to help you get acquainted with our facility as well as your options for labor and delivery.  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 year, so unless you are revaccinated as an adult, you could get this illness, which can be passed on to your newborn.
  • Explore your options for pregnancy classes.  Classes can help you and your partner prepare for the arrival of your little one.  There are many options to choose from at St. Mary’s.  St. Mary’s offers a wide variety of topics such as breastfeeding, infant care, childbirth education, 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 those who are not insured.  

Second Trimester

  • Create your birth plan.  St. Mary’s can provide natural childbirth, 24-hour CRNA administered anesthesia, and various other options for your delivery, allowing you to choose what you prefer.  We will work with your physician to design a birth plan that is right for you and your baby.
  • 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 to 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 you baby as they grow and become more active.  Perform fetal kick counts as directed.  There are several free apps that can help in this process.
  • Take infant care and pregnancy exercise classes.  Start learning to take care of your baby and keep yourself healthy.

Third Trimester

  • Potential phone call from the Hospital.  A St. Mary’s staff member may contact you to discuss admission process and visitation policy.  We will also discuss any special requests and educate you about cesarean birth, if scheduled.
  • Take a childbirth education class.  Learn about labor-coping tools, medications, epidurals, and childbirth options.
  • Get a car seat check complete.  Nebraska law dictates that your baby will not be able to leave the hospital without a car seat.  The car seat checks can be done through the Southeast District Health Department, call (402) 274-3993 to schedule an appointment.
  • Select a physician for your child.  Be sure to call and check that the physician is accepting new patients.
  • Take a breastfeeding class.  We staff certified lactation consultants that can provide you with education and training as needed.
  • Discuss requests with your support person.  Talk about any cultural and family traditions or prayers that 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.