pregnancy timeline

Use the pregnancy timeline below as a checklist of what you should do in each trimester of your pregnancy. This does not include everything, of course. Your prenatal care provider will give you additional information – about these topics as well as information specific to your health and the growth and development of your baby.


If you have any questions about the information below, ask your provider. If you want to know what resources are available to you during pregnancy, ask your doctor’s office, call 211, and/or check out this website. We invite you to contact us with any questions that you have.


1st Trimester (Weeks 1–12)

  • Begin Prenatal Care as soon as possible
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Receive Baby Basics book and planner at first prenatal care visit; take to every appointment with you
  • Quit unhealthy habits, such as smoking and drinking (talk to prenatal care provider if you need help) and avoid second hand smoke
  • Eat healthy; include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily meals
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have not been in six months
  • Enroll in WIC, if eligible
  • Enroll in home visiting program, if eligible
  • Ask your provider what classes are available for you



2nd Trimester (Weeks 13–27)



3rd Trimester (Weeks 28-40)

  • Keep getting your prenatal care
  • Know symptoms of true labor
  • Know the signs and symptoms of toxemia
  • Attend a breastfeeding class and/or support group
  • Discuss birth control planning with your provider
  • Discuss mental health concerns with your provider
  • Get a pediatrician or family practitioner for baby
  • Get a safe place for baby to sleep, if not done
  • Get a car seat; get it installed; get it inspected
  • Baby proof your house
  • Pack hospital bag



Postpartum (After delivery)

  • Keep follow-up appointments
  • Keep newborn appointments with pediatric provider and WIC
  • Finalize child care arrangements if returning to school or work
  • Implement birth control plan
  • Continue breastfeeding and / or support for continuation
  • Continue with healthy eating plan
  • Resume exercise program with physician’s approval



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