There are lots of things to organise when you are pregnant, this pregnancy checklist offers a gentle reminder of what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. The links within this table will take you to pages that offer additional information about each action point – why these things are important, what to expect and how to go about doing them.

Download: New Life Pregnancy Checklist




Start taking Folic Acid and vitamin D supplements As soon as you know you are pregnant

NICE Guidelines

When to take vitamin D

Register with your community midwife
(contact your GP surgery for the phone number)
Before week 7 NHS Choices
Attend your ‘Booking Appointment’ Weeks 8 – 12 NHS Choices
Apply for your Maternity Exemption Certificate From week 8

NHS Choices

NHS Business Services Authority – FAQs

Find out if you are eligible for Healthy Start
Before week 10 Department of Health
Find out if you are eligible for a Sure Start
Maternity Grant
Before week 11 Department of Health
Have your first Ultrasound or ‘Dating Scan’ Weeks 11 – 14 NHS Choices
Have your second Ultrasound or ‘Anomaly Scan’ Weeks 18 – 21 NHS Choices
Research and book your antenatal class Weeks 18 – 21 New Life Classes
Inform your employers, in writing, of your maternity leave plans (must be at least 15
weeks’ notice – take this into account if you
are having twins!)
Weeks 22 – 25 Department of Health
Find out if you are eligible for Maternity
Weeks 22 – 25 Department of Health
Start your antenatal classes Weeks 28-32 New Life Classes
Book a visit to the maternity unit you plan
to give birth in (if applicable)
Start writing your birth plan From week 30 New Life Classes – How to: Write a birth plan
Start packing your bags for labour,
even if planning a homebirth
Weeks 30-37 What to pack for labour
If you have children, start making
arrangements for childcare
From week 32 New Life Classes – Prepare your toddler for the arrival of a second child
Create your ‘important numbers’ list Weeks 32 – 35
You’re in labour! Call the maternity unit before leaving home, to let them know you are on the way. NHS Choices