Week 14: Treat yourself to a babymoon
The second trimester between Week 14 and 27 is the best time for a “babymoon” – your last holiday as a couple before Baby arrives. Your pregnancy would have stabilised and morning sickness should have subsided by then, Dr Law says.
Depending on your airline’s policy, you can take a babymoon right up to Week 35 or 36, although you may find it tiring travelling with a baby bump.
Week 16: Sign up for antenatal classes
This is the perfect time to attend workshops on childbirth and parenthood – with your husband, of course. Topics usually include managing labour, breastfeeding and common newborn issues. Such classes are especially helpful if you prefer hands-on practice and don’t have time to pore over books, says Yasa Yong Nyuk Yin, senior lactation consultant at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
Week 18: Firm up confinement plans
Do you need an extra pair of hands during Baby’s first month? Or do you just want someone to prepare your meals? Start planning, because you’ll need ample time to find a suitable confinement nanny or meal caterer, advises Wong Boh Boi, assistant director (Clinical Services) of Thomson Parentcraft Centre at Thomson Medical Centre (TMC).
Week 20: Pamper yourself
A soothing prenatal massage with gentle strokes can help improve blood circulation, reduce swelling and relieve stress and fatigue, says Mythi Ally Vijay, managing director of Babies Bellies Javanese Massage and Spa.
But do get the green light from your doctor first, especially if you are spotting, or have a low-lying placenta or other medical conditions.
Week 22: Think about childcare
Infant-care centre, at home with Grandma or a nanny? It’s never too early to discuss the options with Hubby, says Boh Boi from TMC. “If you’re thinking of getting a live-in helper or nanny, you’ll need time to find a reliable one. Most infant-care centres also require you to book in advance,” she adds. “Get this out of the way so you can concentrate on bonding with Baby when she arrives.”
Week 24: Tour the hospitals
Make appointments with a few maternity hospitals to check out their delivery suites, suggests Yasa from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. This allows you to compare the services and facilities, so you can book the best one based on your preferences and budget. During your tour, take note of where you should go and whom to approach on the day of admission.