Obstetric Care

Pregnancy To-Do List

You’re pregnant! Congrats! Enjoy every minute, but also think about how to use these 9-or-so months to get prepared for your delivery and beyond. We’ll make sure you stay on track with your doctor’s appointments, but here’s a guide to help keep you on top of everything else.

20 weeks: Start planning for daycare

Start early! Think about what would be the most convenient and affordable for your lifestyle. Many daycare facilities have waiting lists, so you will want to start looking into options before your baby arrives. What makes more sense for drop-off and pick-up—close to your home or work? Will your partner and/or the baby’s grandparents be helping with care or pick-up/drop-off? Do you prefer an in-home nanny?

24 Weeks: Register and schedule a tour of your hospital and register for prenatal classes

Around 24 weeks, schedule a tour of the labor and delivery unit of the hospital where you are a delivering as well as any classes you’d like to take to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

Call 804-320-3627 or visit the classes and events page to sign up for a labor and delivery tour or prenatal classes at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

 Johnston-Willis Hospital

Call 804-320-3627 or visit HCA’s classes and events page to sign up for a labor and delivery tour or prenatal classes at Johnston Willis.

St. Francis Medical Center (Bon Secours)

Call the Bon Secours Baby Line at 804-340-2229 to schedule a “Love and Learn Tour” of St. Francis Labor and Delivery Unit or to register for a “Love and Learn” prenatal class.

St. Mary’s Hospital

Call the Bon Secours Baby Line at 804-340-2229 to schedule a “Love and Learn Tour” of St. Francis Labor and Delivery Unit or to register for a “Love and Learn” prenatal class.

28 weeks: Look for a pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends finding a pediatrician during the third trimester of pregnancy. Your baby will need to see a doctor quite frequently in the first few weeks after birth. It will be helpful to know who that pediatrician will be (and how to get there) before your baby is born.

34 Weeks: Pack your hospital bag

At around 34 weeks, pack the basics you’ll need in your hospital bag. You can always add to it, but it’ll be a major stress-reliever to have that done should you need to go to the hospital earlier than planned.

What to pack:

  • Underwear (you may find you prefer the hospital mesh underwear the first few days!)
  • Nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed
  • PJs or loose nightgown/sweatpants/tank tops
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Face wash or makeup wipes, shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Socks and slippers
  • Chapstick
  • 1-2 Baby outfits: socks/ mittens/ hat (size Newborn and 0-3 months)
  • Car seat

36 Weeks: Order your breast pump

Whether you plan to breastfeed or not, you will likely want to order a breast pump in order to relieve pressure.  The good news is that most insurance plans cover the cost of a breast pump.

36 Weeks: Prep meals

Try to start preparing meals approximately 1 month in advance of your due date. Freezer meals are great, especially in those first couple of weeks when your schedule is so much more unpredictable (or predictably sleepless). Check out these 25 easy freezer meal ideas before the baby comes. If friends or family offer, a meal train is a special treat.

Getting prepared means less stress as the big day approaches so you can focus on your pregnancy and the health of you and your baby. We hope this guide provides some help. Best wishes from your VPFW family!