Third trimester: Months 7 to 9, weeks 27 to 40+

To do list

 Keep track of your baby's activity.

 Identify who can give you breastfeeding support, such as a family member or friend. If you don't already know, find out what breastfeeding services your hospital offers.

 Buy several nursing bras. Choose cotton cups that are not lined with plastic and two extra clasp-widths for expanded comfort. The last three weeks of pregnancy are the best time to schedule a nursing bra fitting.

 Check with your insurance company about coverage for a breast pump if you will be returning to work while you're still nursing.

 Get the labor bag and suitcase ready.

 Review the preparing for your baby to do list.

 Talk with your health care provider about your birth plan.

 Send in your pre-admission form if you haven't already done so.

 Register for childbirth, breastfeeding or parenting classes. For Abbott Northwestern, United and Mercy Hospitals and St. Francis Medical Center, see Amma Parenting Center. For all other Allina Health hospitals, go to our Find Classes page

 Watch a series of short videos on how to manage pain before, during and after birth.

 Ask your health care provider if a water birth is an option for you.

Forms and worksheets

Baby's activity record (fetal movement counts)

Your prenatal screen and test record

Nursery checklist

Layette checklist

Home safety checklist

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015