Pregnancy Checklist

Pregnancy Checklist-Fox Cools

Step-by-step guide to preparing for baby's debut.

After that indicator on pregnancy test turns positive, life is never the same again.

But getting ready doesn't need to be overwhelming. With a little organization and advance planning, you'll be equipped to handle it all -- and able to enjoy this special time.Preparation is key at this point.

1-3 Months:

  • Take your vitamins
  • Choose a health-care provider
  • Schedule a checkup
  • Start taking tests

4-5 Months:

  • Have a 2nd trimester screening
  • Enroll in childbirth education class
  • Share the news with your boss
  • Take a look at your baby
  • Set up your nursery

6-7 Months

  • Get tested for gestational diabetes
  • Tour the hospital
  • Search for a pediatrician
  • Find an infant-care class
  • Buy a car seat

8-9 Months

  • Get screened for group B strep
  • Pack your hospital bag
  • Sit back and relax

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