- Office visits become more frequent generally after week 27. After week 36, your visits may include pelvic examinations to monitor the effacement (thinning) and dilation (opening) of your cervix.
- Learn how to tell false labor from the real thing.
- This is the time to choose a healthcare provider for your baby, one that is covered by your health insurance. Check out guidelines for choosing your baby's doctor.
- Depending on whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, get supplies you need, such as maternity bras or formula and bottles.
- Get a car seat for the trip home from the hospital—state law requires it.
- If you're expecting a boy, consider whether to have him circumcised. Find out whether your health insurance covers it.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all infants be screened for hearing loss. Before delivery, verify whether your insurance carrier covers a hearing screen for a normal, healthy newborn.