Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist

In my last month of pregnancy I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off – I really had no idea what the hell I needed for when the baby got here. Everyone was telling me to bank sleep and pack my hospital bag, but no one told me some of the little nitty gritty stuff that would have come in handy those first few months. So when Diana from Listful Mom showed me this list I was all over it like a boy-band fan.

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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… the final (ahem!) push is on until your baby arrives and changes your world forever. While your hormones have probably already brought on some major nesting, your pregnancy brain might leave you feeling like there’s something you’ve forgotten.  (And there inevitably is.)  Here’s my list of 19 must-do’s for month 9 of pregnancy.

1. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.

Not only do you deserve some pampering, but your hands will feature prominently in a zillion photos of your new bundle of joy. Plus, you’ll likely be doing a bunch of shuffling around in flip flops post-labor.

2. Pack a “going home” outfit for baby.

You’ll most likely keep your newborn swaddled in (awesome) hospital blankets until you head home, so no need to bring cute outfits for wearing in the hospital, but don’t forget to pack that Instagram-worthy outfit and hat.  #Homewardbound!

3. Go on a date…or 6.

It’s tough to predict when you’ll next head out solo with your significant other. Take advantage of the last few weeks by doing things as a couple before your family grows by one or (eek!) more.

4. Upgrade your phone storage.

You are about to become the next Anne Geddes, at least in your world, taking so many photos and videos of your baby that you’ll hit your storage max quickly. Don’t let that video of your baby’s first coo get cut off because you feel too guilty to erase the 75 pictures you took of the first stroller walk.  (Back-up apps like Carousel can be a lifesaver.)

5. Speaking of photos, research a newborn photographer.

Get some recommendations from friends, then get the low down on fees (there can be a big difference between the cost of having them taken and actually getting them printed). Photographers like to do these in the first two weeks of life, so do the legwork now so you’re not scrambling to hire one in a sleep-deprived, zombie-like state.

6. Ask for a foot rub.

Cankles or not, propping your feet up and having them rubbed will feel ah-mazing. Your significant other or anyone within arms reach of your perch on the couch will do.  (You’ve earned it – and it’s pretty hard to turn down a woman who can’t reach her own feet.)

7. Sign up for Amazon Prime.

If you haven’t already, do it now, because ordering baby supplies from your phone and receiving them within two days is one of the greatest conveniences in the modern world.

8. Invest in a nice, new yoga outfit.

Kate Middleton left the hospital with a bump, and you will too. The good news about not being a princess is that yoga clothing is acceptable as everyday wear. Purchase an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel good (don’t get too ambitious on sizing), and you can wear it leaving the hospital and when visitors swing by. Grab a headband and some dry shampoo too (here’s a fave), since washing and drying your hair will become a luxury.

9. Make new playlists.

You’ll never be so grateful to Steve Jobs for putting 1,000 songs in your pocket than when you’re a new parent.  Make a playlist for the hospital, one for car rides or long walks with baby, and one with some soothing, mellow tunes that will keep you and baby relaxed. Your Pandora will be set to Raffi station for the next 6 years, so enjoy your favorites now.

10. Fill up your Netflix queue and download some page-turners to your Kindle.

Newborns nurse or bottle feed 10 to 12 times a day, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time (and that’s once you both get the hang of it… in the earliest days, it can be an hour or more). That’s a lot of time captive in a glider or on your couch, and we survived it by reading the Hunger Games and re-watching 30 Rock and Arrested Development in their entirety.

11. Prepare for the postman.

Purchase thank you note cards, or sign up for a service like Treat – because there’s usually a torrent of baby gifts after baby is born. While you’re at it, organize an address list or even print labels to prep for sending birth announcements (Minted, Pinhole Press and Tiny Prints have really nice ones.)

12. Tinker.

All that gear you bought or received still sitting in its boxes? Set it up and play around with the buttons, straps, and handles. You don’t want to get caught holding a crying newborn while trying to unfold a stroller for the first time with one hand.

13. Stock up on staples.

Head to the grocery store and grab a bunch of non-perishable items like Granola bars, pasta, cereal… even some of that milk in a box. (Bonus points for anything that can be eaten one-handed.) There will be times in the early days when you can’t get out of the house and will need a quick meal. Don’t forget the coffee and wine, obviously.

14. Wash some of the baby’s new clothes.

Leave the tags on the rest, because there’s no way to know what’s going to fit (and for how long). Be sure to use gentle detergent, though no need to get fancy; weeSpring parents’ fave is regular ol’ All Free and Clear.

15. Download a noise machine app.

Whether its the sound of a fan, the ocean, or even a hairdryer, there’s an app for that, and baby will love it.  (Wondering why? Dr. Harvey Karp explains it all in this must-watch DVD.)

16. Research Mommy and Me classes.

They may not seem like your cup of tea now, but in a couple of months, being in a room with other moms in your overtired shoes will feel like a lifesaver.

17. I need somebody, not just anybody…Help!

Make a list of caregivers you’re comfortable with, and let them know they’re on it in case you need emergency coverage in those early weeks.

18. Use a vacation day.

Whether you’re still working or not, take a day just for you. Appreciate being alone and doing anything at your own pace. It’ll be a long time until you’ll stop feeling like a rushed Supermarket Sweep contestant every time you leave the house.

19. Sleep. Take naps, go to bed at 8pm, sleep until noon… just because you can.

Or at least snooze as long as possible until your bladder forces you out of bed.


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  • Love this list! Especially the playlists. I’m a doctor, and I LOVE when my patients have awesome music going. Totally keeps the energy up (or down- if you need a nap!) during the (sometimes long) hours before, during, and after labor.

  • Thanks for making this list. I already have two kids of whom I like to take pictures, and I am constantly being scolded by my phone about storage. I needed the Carousel app, and I’ve been trying to think of all the important things I need to get done that making storage space on my phone is likely to have never once crossed my mind. I definitely appreciate it.

  • Love this list…I would also suggest having sanitary pads stocked up. Most women bleed for weeks after the baby is born. My 2nd baby was born days before Christmas and we had to find an open store on Christmas morning because I ran out. I will definitely be more prepared this time!

  • Freezer meals yes! I’d also add to purchase maxi pads (heavy and light) and witch hazel. It was also really helpful that I got a lot of samples-diapers, wipes, formula- in the mail (they would need to be requested earlier than a month prior to due date) because I didn’t realize I might have trouble producing milk and would need to supplement.

  • Great list. If you have any upcoming engagements in the weeks after baby is born (staff parties/weddings) think about something that will work no matter what size you are. I’ve never cried so hard as when my husband came down ready for a Christmas party dressed up in a suit, and our 4 week old in a party dress, all I could fit into were my second trimester jeans and an old dress shirt of his.

  • 2 years ago I loved lists like this. Now, with a baby on the way and a toddler at home, all I can do is laugh (and try not to cry). 😀

  • I was all ready with clothes, nursery, gear, but I totally spaced on diapers and wipes. Thankfully we used what the hospital gave us for the first couple days, but then it was time to make a trip to the store (a nice quick outing!) to stock up. Don’t forget about the diapers and wipes!

  • Get your nursing/post pregnancy (hopefully pre-pregnancy) clothes ready! You’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to be normal sized, but by the time you’re ready/able to leave the house, you probably won’t need your maternity pants (and you definitely won’t need your maternity shirts). Plus, the seasons have changed from when you were last normal sized, so make sure you have some items out that you can wear. Nursing friendly stuff (like button downs) or actual nursing clothes (with hidden panels) are a must if you’re leaving the house w/ the baby. If you’re like me, you’ll have your clothes stored away, so unpack those now, because once the baby is here, you won’t have the time/energy.

    • You won’t go back to pre-pregnancy size after birth it will take a few days/weeks depending on your body. When you leave the hospital you usually still look pregnant lol.

  • This list is great!! The only thing I would add is to make freezer meals. If you’re on good terms with your mom or mother-in-law it’s a fun thing to make them do. Premade frozen breakfast burritos saved my life. If you wrap them tight you can eat them one handed after 2 minutes in the microwave.

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