Pregnancy Road Map – Featuring Baby Jude

This roadmap is designed to help you navigate each stage of your pregnancy with confidence and a sense of preparedness. Remember, every pregnancy is unique, so adapt this guide to your personal needs and circumstances. You’re not just preparing for a baby; you’re preparing for a new chapter of your life. Embrace this journey with an open heart and mind. You’ve got this!

Weeks 4-5: Early Awareness

  • Health Check: Schedule your first prenatal appointment. Even if it’s weeks away, it’s good to get on the books early.
  • Lifestyle Tweaks: Start taking prenatal vitamins, focus on a balanced diet, and avoid harmful substances.

Weeks 6-7: Setting Foundations

  • First Doctor’s Visit: This might be when you have your first appointment. Expect a variety of tests and discussions about your health history.
  • Education: Start reading about pregnancy. Knowledge is power, and understanding what’s happening in your body can be incredibly reassuring.

Weeks 8-9: Getting into the Groove

  • Budgeting for Baby: Begin to think about the financial aspect. You might want to start setting aside money for baby expenses or look into maternity leave policies.
  • Comfort at Home: Consider comfy clothing options. Your body is starting to change, and comfort is key.

Weeks 10-12: Sharing the News

  • Announcements: Decide when and how you’ll share your pregnancy news.
  • Prenatal Screening: Discuss with your doctor about optional screenings for genetic conditions.

Weeks 13-16: Planning Ahead

  • Research Childbirth Classes: Now’s a good time to look into classes for later. They can fill up fast!
  • Start a Baby Registry: If you’re planning on having a baby shower, start thinking about what you’ll need.

Weeks 17-20: Mid-Pregnancy Milestones

  • Anatomy Scan Ultrasound: Usually done around 20 weeks to check the baby’s growth and development.
  • Thinking about Childcare: If you’re going to need childcare, now is the time to start researching your options.

Weeks 21-24: Prepping for Parenthood

  • Childbirth Classes: If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time.
  • Start Planning the Nursery: Begin buying or gathering what you need for your baby’s space.

Weeks 25-28: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

  • Glucose Screening: Typically done around this time to check for gestational diabetes.
  • Babyproofing: Start thinking about making your home safe for a baby.

Weeks 29-32: Final Preparations Begin

  • Hospital Tour: If you’re giving birth in a hospital or birthing center, now’s a good time to take a tour. Pindara Private, Gold Coast Private and Gold Coast Public Hospitals are all local to the Gold Coast.
  • Packing the Hospital Bag: Start getting your hospital bag ready. It’s better to be prepared early.

Weeks 33-36: Countdown Is On

  • Maternity Leave: Finalize your maternity leave plans with your employer.
  • Baby Essentials: Make sure you have everything you need for the first few weeks, like diapers, wipes, and clothes.

Weeks 37-40: Ready, Set, Go!

  • Rest and Relaxation: Focus on resting as much as possible.
  • Final Preparations: Make sure your car seat is installed and your hospital bag is by the door.