The last weeks of pregnancy will be tiring as well as joyful. It is important that you try to relax and enjoy the last week of your pregnancy before you enter into a new phase of life. You should plan ahead and put everything in place to get ready to receive your baby. This should be done at least three weeks before your delivery. If you prepare well you can relax and enjoy the last week of your pregnancy without worrying about anything. Our last-minute to-do things check list will help you to prepare well to make your birth experience hassle-free and pleasant.
Here is the last-minute to-do checklist to help you get ready for your big day:
- Install the car seat and check carefully to ensure it is installed correctly.
- Get the car ready and have it gassed up in the last week. Know the best and quickest route to the hospital plus an alternative route just in case of traffic. Take a practice trip to make sure you know how to get to the hospital or birthing center, from where to enter, where to park, and where to check in.
- Check with your insurance company to find out what needs to be done to get your baby on your plan as soon as he or she arrives.
- Find out from your hospital or birthing center about pre-registering. Pre-registering allows you to take care of some of the paperwork and insurance matters ahead of time. This way your insurance information is already in the hospital/birthing center computer when you arrive.
- Arrange maternity leave with your employer. Also discuss who can cover for you during your leave period.
- Arrange for a help, neighbor, or family member to take care of your other children, pets, and garden while you are in the hospital.
- Talk to family members and friends and let them know what kind of support will be helpful to you when you come home with your newborn.
- Pack a bag for the hospital. The bag should be packed with all required items for yourself and your baby.
- Double check your birth plan and go over it with your doctor or midwife.
- Get the baby furniture, such as crib, bassinet or co-sleeper, in place. This will help you and your baby settle down comfortable when your arrive.