Pregnancy Checklist by Trimester


During Your First Trimester

  • Begin or continue taking prenatal vitamins
  • Begin to read pregnancy books or sign up for weekly pregnancy newsletters
  • Sign up for classes, such as prenatal, childbirth and/or breastfeeding classes

During Your Second Trimester

  • Sign up to tour Piedmont’s Maternity Center
  • Research child care options if applicable
  • Begin to prepare your nursery
  • Research maternity leave options and required paperwork with your employer if applicable

During Your Third Trimester

  • Develop a birth plan with your provider
  • Select a pediatrician by scheduling prenatal consults/interviews
  • Pre-register for your hospital stay
  • Finish your nursery & purchase baby essentials
  • Install your car seat

Two Weeks Before Your Due Date

  • Select A Name for Your Baby
    Print and complete the Birth Certificate Worksheet below, and bring it with you when you are admitted to deliver your baby. If you have any questions, please call 706-475-4148 or email

    Birth Certificate Worksheet Birth Certificate Worksheet (Spanish)

  • Pack Your Hospital Bag
    Pack your bag between week 35 and week 36 of your pregnancy. Because you may begin labor earlier than expected, you’ll want your belongings packed and ready to go.

    Don’t bring too much. Piedmont provides most necessities for you and your new baby during labor and post-delivery. The hospital gives mothers disposable panties and pads, and they can also use Piedmont’s medicine balls, peanut balls and breast pumps. Babies get diapers, wipes, shirts, hats, blankets and changing pads.

    Pack separate bags for labor and post-delivery. Once you’ve given birth, you won’t need the same items you did during labor. Pack one bag for each part of your hospital stay.

    In your labor bag, include:
    • Camera and batteries/charging cords
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Extra pillows and blankets
    • Favorite playlist and portable speakers
    • Hairbands and hair clips
    • Insurance card and government-issued ID
    • Lip balm
    • Pediatrician’s name and contact information
    • Robe and slippers and/or non-slip socks
    • Water bottle

In the post-delivery bag, include:

  • Cosmetics
  • Outfits for baby photos and going home
  • Sleepwear
  • Toiletries
  • Two to three nursing bras
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Personalize your room
    Blankets, LED candles, portable speakers and other favorite items can make your stay more pleasant. Because labor and delivery can get messy, avoid bringing anything expensive or irreplaceable.
  • Bring a couple of special outfits for your baby
    Your newborn will have their picture taken at Piedmont, so you may want to pack clothes for the occasion. Many parents also bring a favorite outfit for their baby’s trip home, but Piedmont will provide everything the baby needs before that.

While you’re staying at the hospital, staff members will ensure you have all the necessities.

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