The Institute for Women's Health

So you are pregnant! Not only are you excited, but also have also just realized that there’s a long road ahead of you before the baby is born. You have to be prepared not only with the baby’s room, but also emotionally and physically. In this article you will find brief to-do lists so your pregnancy months become less overwhelming and more about enjoying your journey as a future mom.

Let’s begin with what you need to ask your OB/GYN and what they should be telling you by now. The following questions should get you started:

  • How much weight should I gain, and at what rate?
  • What kind of diet should I follow?
  • Are there any restrictions on sex throughout my pregnancy? What about flying?
  • Can I… Dye my hair? Use sunless tanner? Get a massage? Paint my nails? Go to the spa? Are there any other activities I should avoid?
  • What should I do if I… Don’t feel well? Cramp? Spot? Have a fever? When should I call you?
  • Are the prescription medications I’m currently taking safe? If not, what can I take or do instead?
  • Which prenatal vitamin do you recommend?

These are just a few questions you can ask your OB/GYN that maybe you hadn’t thought. You can also read our article on questions to ask your OB/GYN here for more information on what you should be asking. One of the main purposes of your pregnancy visits is to get all your doubts cleared up by an OB/GYN you can trust. So don’t hesitate to ask anything that goes through your mind.

Let’s move on to the shopping part of your pregnancy. You will hear all sorts of advice when it comes to what you “must have” for the baby. Here are some of the basic necessities you need to include on your list:

  • All-in-one suits will be extremely handy and useful.
  • 1 or 2 cardigans to provide an extra layer of clothing
  • Nappies
  • Bottles, bottle brushes, teethers, and a sterilizer (These are vital if you are bottle-feeding).
  • A Moses basket, crib, or cot.
  • A newborn bath support that will hold your baby safely in the main bath and is cheaper than a baby bath.
  • A mild, liquid baby cleanser or bath emollient to protect your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Cotton flannels and/or cotton wool.
  • A changing bag is essential for holding all the bits and pieces you will need to take with you whenever you leave the house.

These are just some of recommended basics you should have before your baby is born. Remember to always ask your OB/GYN any question you may have, no matter how embarrassing or off topic your question is.