Pregnancy Health and Preparation Check List
Week 1-7: Baby’s heart and face as well as the placenta are taking shape and forming.
Symptoms: Fatigue, breast tenderness and perhaps morning sickness.
- Eat well
- Take Prenatal Vitamins
- Schedule first pregnancy check-up with an OB/GYN or Midwife
- Schedule first Chiropractic visit to prevent major back pain during pregnancy
- Be excited at the new change
Week 8-13: Baby doubles in size and begins building bones and cartilage.
Symptoms: Morning sickness, constipation and perhaps some insomnia.
- Eat fiber to combat constipation
- Take B6 vitamin liquid and/or Sepia to combat morning sickness (you will want a doctor’s recommendation on what kind)
- Blood work with your Doctor
- Second Chiropractic visit to prevent major back pain during your pregnancy.
Week 14-19: Baby starts sucking and you may begin to feel some movement or kicks.
Symptoms: Weight gain, dental issues, baby movement, low back pain and leg cramping.
- Start taking a Calcium and Magnesium blend nightly to give baby enough to build strong bones and prevent leg cramps for mom (you will want a doctor’s recommendation on dosage)
- Yoga or Stretching for low back and butt muscles
- Chiropractic visit for low back and butt as they may be getting painful from the hormones in your body
- Start using belly cream to prevent stretch marks
- To prevent gestational diabetes take a blood sugar support if you are having more sugar cravings
Week 20-27: Baby starts to breath and facial features form.
Symptoms: Linea Nigra may appear (dark line down center of the belly), belly button pops out, and swelling of feet and ankles may occur. You can’t deny you are pregnant!
- Anatomy Check Ultrasound – this is when you can find out the gender
- Chiropractic visit for low back adjustment but as the baby continues to grow, it gets painful from the hormones in your body
- Begin Acupuncture to help prepare body for labor
- Start a Labor Prep class: (we like “Birthing from Within”)
- Register at a store or online for your baby shower- while you still feel mobile enough to wander the baby store
- Decide if you are using a doula
- Decide if you want to do placenta encapsulation and then hire a doula to do this
Week 28-35: Baby’s brain is growing fast, starts sucking and breathing and testicles will drop if present.
Symptoms: Aching back due to enlarging belly, frequent urination, and possible Braxton Hick’s contractions.
- Pack the hospital bag (see list of recommended items)
- Finalize Birth Plan and discuss with midwife or OB/GYN
- Take hospital tour either in person or virtually
- Chiropractic visit to make sure baby is in the head down position
- Acupuncture to prepare for labor
- Start or finish the baby’s nursery
Week 36-41: Some doctors say you are full term and baby can come anytime now.
Symptoms: Aching back due to enlarging belly, frequent urination, possible Braxton Hick’s contractions and excitement to meet baby.
- Put car seat in the car
- Keep old towels or pads in the car in case your water breaks (doesn’t happen to all women)
- Acupuncture two times a week during weeks 39 and 40 to prepare for labor
- Chiropractic one time during weeks 38 and 39. If you go to 40-41 you may want to come in again
- Start labor tincture and homeopathic regimen to support a smooth labor (you will want a doctor to help you with this)
Symptoms: Back pain, perineal tearing, hemorrhoids, breast tenderness and nipple pain, fatigue and crying spells.
- Adrenal Support (talk to your doctor) for fatigue and crying spells
- Sitz bath herbs to heal perineal area
- Suppositories for hemorrhoids
- Pad-siciles ( soak several large pads in witch hazel or water and place in a bag in the freezer to help with tearing pain)
- Raspberry tea for uterine tonic
- Homeopathic remedies to help healing (talk to your doctor)
- Epsom Salt bath: 1 cup Epsom Salts in hot bath. Soak 15-20 minutes. Helps speed healing and sooth tissues.
- Tea or Herbs if you need to increase milk production
*Make sure the car seat is in the car about three weeks before your due date and make sure it is secure.
1. 2 receiving blankets – for me muslin is best since we’re having a July baby
2. Cap – but probably won’t use due to heat
3. 2 pairs scratch prevention mittens
4. 2 pairs of little newborn socks
5. Hand sanitizer for use after touching hospital items
6. Baby wipes – cloth or wet depending on your preference
7. Nail clippers, comb, and coconut oil for baby’s bottom (to prevent meconium from sticking) and a nasal aspirator
8. Newborn diapers
9. 3 undershirts
10. 2-3 “Going home” outfits as you may change your mind on which one you like best!
11. Pediatrician information
2. At least 4 large size pads or Depends underwear
4. Socks that are comfy
5. Sports bra and nursing bra
6. 3 pairs underwear
7. PJs that make nursing easy
8. Going home outfit – maxi dress or large stretch pants to fit over pad, and loose at waist
9. Snacks for you and dad – bars, honey sticks, fruit smashes, popsicles, juice
10. Kleenex and sanitary wipes for hospital items
11. Gum – helps some people focus during labor
12. Phone numbers of your “must call” list:
c. Doula – who is doing placenta encapsulation
13. Pen for paper work
14. Hair tie / head band
15. Travel size deodorant, body wash, shampoo, Chap Stick, toothbrush, hair comb, and make-up for pictures if you want
17. Cell phone and charger
18. Laptop and charger for movies or while resting
19. Nipple cream
20. Change for the vending machine