First Trimester (0-3 months)
Second Trimester (4-6 months)
- Schedule prenatal screening tests (ask about the new cystic fibrosis screening).
- Review your physician/midwife obstetric fees, laboratory and special test charges.
- Register for a pregnancy class, which will answer many of your questions about your pregnancy, including how to cope with the discomforts of pregnancy, nutrition, exercise and your baby's development.
Third Trimester (7-9 months)
- Receive the Expanded Alpha Feto-Protein (EAFP) blood tests performed between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy to test for spina bifida, Down's syndrome and other birth defects.
- Receive the glucose screening test for gestational diabetes.
- Receive a Rhogam injection, if advised by your health care provider.
- If this is your first baby, it is highly recommended that you enroll in classes that cover preparing for your first baby, understanding preterm labor, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and newborn parenting.
- Complete the hospital pre-admission.
- Parents of multiples are encouraged to enroll in a class to help prepare for twins, triplets, or more.
- Review your health care coverage for hospitalization, anesthesia and circumcision (if applicable). If you still have questions after consulting with your insurance provider, contact a financial counselor at the facility you will be delivering at.
- Discuss any third trimester blood tests, blood transfusion options and cord blood banking with your health care provider.
- Make arrangements to tour the facility where you will be delivering.
- Choose a pediatrician before you give birth to your baby.
Parents who eat healthy have kids who eat healthy. Kids end up eating what you buy or cook, so make an effort to eat well and the whole family benefits!