Pregnancy Checklist

First Trimester - Month 3 (weeks 9-13)
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Go to your 12-week prenatal appointment

Month 3

Your provider will discuss the results of any initial tests.

Your provider will feel your belly to check if the top of your uterus can be felt above the pubic symphysis and will listen to your baby's heartbeat using a fetal doppler.

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Doctor

Schedule your next prenatal appointment (~16 weeks).

Month 3

During the 3rd month, your baby will grow from the size of a cherry to the size of a lemon.

Your baby is officially a fetus and has started to form bones and cartilage.

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Medical

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Doctor

Schedule 2nd trimester genetic tests (if recommended).

Month 3

If you had the NIPT, then schedule an MS-AFP blood test for 15-18 weeks.

If you had the Sequential Screen, then schedule the 2nd blood test for 15-18 weeks.

If your provider has recommended that you have an amniocentesis, schedule this for 15-20 weeks.

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Medical

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Doctor

Schedule a routine dentist appointment if your last checkup was more than 6 months ago.

Month 3

Regular dental checkups are important during pregnancy.

Being pregnant can increase your risk for oral health problems, and these problems can affect your pregnancy.

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Medical

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Self

Start budgeting for the baby.

Month 3

Think about the costs of having a child and how those future expenses might affect you and your partner.

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Financial

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Family

Assess the safety of your home.

Month 3

Check that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working. Place at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and in halls outside of bedrooms. Have an escape plan in case of fire.

Obtain a weapon lockbox if there is a gun in the home.

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Personal

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Family

Get the flu vaccine by the end of October before the season peaks.

Month 3

The flu shot is recommended during pregnancy to protect both you and your baby, as it is not approved for infants younger than 6 months.

Ideally, the flu shot should be given by the end of October. In the U.S., flu activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can safely receive any form of the inactivated flu vaccine at any point during the flu season (typically October through May) and during any trimester of their pregnancy.

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Medical

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Doctor

How much weight should I expect to gain during my pregnancy?

Month 3

How much weight you should gain during pregnancy is based on your body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy. BMI is a measure of body fat calculated from weight and height.

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Medical

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Doctor

I still get fatigued pretty easily. When will I start to have more energy?

Month 3

Fatigue during early pregnancy typically lessens around the start of the 2nd trimester and often returns in the 3rd trimester.

Although pregnancy fatigue is usually normal, there are some underlying conditions that may cause this symptom. Call your OB provider with any unrelenting fatigue or concerning symptoms.

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Medical

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Doctor

Is it safe for me to travel during my pregnancy?

Month 3

Many healthcare providers are advising against travel during the pandemic, especially during pregnancy. Traveling may increase your risk of being infected with the coronavirus. Consult your healthcare provider and check the guidelines from your local and federal health officials before making any travel plans.

Under normal circumstances, domestic travel is usually safe until 36 weeks and international travel is usually safe until 28 weeks.

There are certain circumstances when it may not be safe for pregnant women to travel. You should always check with your provider before planning any travel during your pregnancy.

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Personal

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Doctor

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