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Third trimester checklist

Some women say that by the time they're in their third trimester, they feel like they're going to be pregnant for the rest of their lives. But before you know it, labor begins. And not all babies wait the full nine months.

To avoid a mad scramble when labor begins, here's a list of things to do now.

  • Pre-register at the hospital.
  • Talk with your co-workers and supervisor about your maternity leave.
  • Make sure you know what telephone number to call if you think you're in labor.
  • Keep your doctor's emergency telephone number posted in your house.
  • Make sure you know the quickest route to the hospital, and how long it takes to get there.
  • Plan in advance for the care of other children and pets while you are in the hospital.
  • Decide how you will feed your baby and what supplies you might need.
  • Pack the belongings you'll need for your hospital stay. You'll probably want a comfortable gown or robe, toiletries, sanitary napkins, pen and paper, a camera with film and batteries and phone numbers of the people you want to tell about the baby's arrival. You will also need a clothes for yourself and your baby to wear when you return home.
  • Have a car seat ready for when it's time to drive the baby home.

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Source: Health Online, Inc.

First published: 11/02/1999
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic