Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist – 12 Crucial Things to Do

last month of pregnancy checklist

Congrats mama! You’ve reached the last stage of your pregnancy, and soon you’ll be cradling your little munchkin in your arms. Your friends and family are now probably suggesting you rest as much as you can, but there are several other things you should never skip to make your journey to motherhood as smooth as possible.

From packing your hospital bag to get your baby’s car seat installed, here are 12 important things to do in the last month of pregnancy to ensure a hassle-free delivery!

last month of pregnancy checklist

Stay Active & Healthy

With so much development taking place inside you, you need to keep up your nutritious prenatal diet and exercise routine. Try walking, swimming, and gentle stretching as they are the safest pregnancy exercises for the last trimester. Also, continue to get rest as needed, drink plenty of fluids, and don’t forget to take your prenatal vitamins, as you had been doing the past eight months.

Stick to Prenatal Visits

In your final weeks of pregnancy, you can expect some routine prenatal tests and examinations from your doctor to ensure both you and your baby are in good health for childbirth. Don’t skip them as they will help you avoid any late pregnancy issues (if they happen) and give your doctor a sense of whether or not you’re approaching labor. At the same time, talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have related to childbirth.

Pack Your Hospital Bag

Since you have entered the last month of your pregnancy, you may deliver your baby the next few hours, or maybe it’ll take a week for your little cherub to arrive. You never know when you’ll go into labor; hence it’s best to pack your hospital bag beforehand. Pack up on a maternity nightdress, sanitary napkins, toiletries, nappies, wipes, a hospital gown, and whatever else you find necessary. Create a hospital bag checklist to ensure you’ll have all the essentials in the hospital.

Prepare for Breastfeeding

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The last month of your pregnancy is also the time to brush up on your knowledge about breastfeeding. Attend a breastfeeding class, talk to other breastfeeding moms, join a local breastfeeding support group, read books, blogs, and articles about breastfeeding, and watch breastfeeding videos (they prove quite helpful for latching). Also, buy yourself a couple of nursing bras and at least two nursing pillows to help ease breastfeeding.

Upgrade Your Phone’s Storage

You’ll be taking a gazillion photos and videos of your little bundle of joy once he or she arrives, and this can fill up your phone’s storage capacity pretty quickly. Nothing can be annoying than cutting off your baby’s first coo video or erasing the 50 pictures of her first bath at home. Hence, be sure your phone isn’t clogged up with unnecessary things, and you have turned the backup on to avoid horrible “losing all your photos” moment.

Stock Up on Entertainment

Infants bottle-feed or breastfeed at least 10-12 times a day, for at least 20 to 30 minutes. So, you’ll need something to keep yourself entertained during feeding and when you get a break from caring for your little bundle of joy. As you’re going to be way too tired and sleep-deprived after childbirth, stock up on some light stuff to keep yourself engaged while laying or feeding. Having your favorite magazines or books would be nice!

Get Your House Ready

last month of pregnancy setup
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Instead of leaving chores for the last minute, utilize this time to clean and organize your house. Babyproof the house by making it free from dirt, dust, stains, and grime. You can seek help from a friend, family member, or a housekeeper. If you have older children and pets already, find someone to watch them while you’re at the hospital.

Get the Car Seat Installed

Hopefully, you have a comfy car seat already. If not, you better get one because you can’t take your newborn home from the hospital without it correctly installed — it’s a law in many countries. Take the time to install the car seat right or find a certified car seat inspection station to get help from a pro.

Pre-register with & Tour the Hospital

Some hospitals or birth centers allow you to pre-register before childbirth to complete the necessary paperwork and insurance ahead of time. If the same in your case, pre-register at there and take a tour. This will help you get familiar with the place and plan your route in the event of traffic. Consequently, you’ll feel more relaxed during labor and delivery.

Pre-Wash Baby’s Clothing

Your newborn’s skin is susceptible. Hence, it would be great to wash your baby’s going-home outfits with safe, chemical-free detergents to ensure they aren’t contaminated with harmful substances which could be irritating to your infant’s delicate skin. You can even use a gentle fabric softener to prevent the clothes from being itchy.

Go on a Date

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It’s tough to predict when you’ll go out alone with your better half after the baby arrives. Your little one will demand all of your attention, leaving very little time for both of you to enjoy things together. Spend a few quality moments together and make the most of the last few weeks as a couple before your family grows. Go out for meals or walk, go to the cinema, or go wherever you like!

Pamper Yourself

Finally, do whatever you like to pamper yourself. Treat yourself to some essential maternity clothes. Take a childbirth class and relaxing baths. Have a manicure, pedicure, haircut, or facial. Get a prenatal massage. Schedule on a date night with friends. Try taking pictures of the baby bump. Or simply try to get some more rest. Do it; you too deserve a bit of pampering!

This is a guest article, written by Darfashan Parveen.

Darfashan Parveen, a passionate blogger, associated with WobblyWalk. India’s Leading Maternity & Nursing Wear Brand. She loves to read and write about Pregnancy, Parenting, and Baby Care to make people aware of parenthood challenges and easy ways to overcome them. Apart from Blogging, she is a foodie who loves traveling and dancing.

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17 thoughts on “Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist – 12 Crucial Things to Do

  1. Last few months of pregnancy are the most crucial from the preparation point of view. The best one is go on a date. It is so important to spend some quality time with your partner before the new born becomes the center of attention.

    1. While I didnt get to do much for my 2nd pregnancy,, for my 1st one, we re did the entire room to accommodate the new baby stuff. While we dont buy stuff for baby before its born, other things were organized n kept ready to welcome her. Also yes pre booking hospital also gets u good discounts on maternity packages.

  2. These are some excellent tips and I agree last month of pregnancy is crucial one . get ready with things and having a pre-planning with important stuffs always help. along with other things, pamper yourself is equally important. this is a great way to reduce pregnancy stress and having some quality “Me time”.

  3. wow…some very good tips. Go on a date and pamper yourself are two great tips which people tend to forget or do not prioritize. Thanks to the guest blogger for this wonderful post.

  4. I wish I had this list before I had my first baby. It’s lovely how new moms enjoy their pregnancy and initial motherhood days because of bloggers like you and me. Cheers!!

  5. You have really covered and shared all-important tips that every new parent should take care of in the last month of pregnancy!! Great post for all new mommies and daddies

  6. Yeah! A new life starts when you give birth to a baby. I like, you mentioned about the self-pampering time because after baby birth no one gets enough time to pamper herself.

  7. Preparing a checklist for last few months in pregnancy is really important and your post is such helpful for all the new pregnant mothers as they don’t understand what to do to welcome new baby

  8. This is a wonderful checklist, complete with essentials as well as entertainment! Having a bag ready with clean pre-washed clothes and getting a hospital tour really helps.

  9. Packing the hospital bag and preparing for breast feeding is one of the essential during last month packing. This is list is super helpful for mom to be

  10. I am loving this series of yours related to pregnancy month. Indeed these pointers that are suggested by you are very much relevant to be done in the last month of pregnancy. Hospital bag is the most important priority.

  11. This is a must read for all the mom to be because we missed out manything last time. And I think here everything is mentioned so its easier for the expecting mom to note down and follow everything on time.

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