There are so many checklists for those first 9 months, that it almost doesn’t make sense putting up another checklist on The Mini Travels. But, as a mom-to-be, you’ll probably find that there is never an information overkill when it comes to your baby and giving birth. Therefore, let me give you a little (Dutch) checklist with some of the essentials. Do you have anything to add? Leave me a comment!

Up to 20 weeks

  • First things first; go to your doctor or chose a midwife practise.
  • In The Netherlands, you will only get your first scan around 10 – 12 weeks. You can decide to go a little earlier just to make sure everything is ok, however these costs will be at your own expense and won’t be covered by insurance.
  • If you have the possibility; check your insurance and additional packages you can add. A good health insurance in The Netherlands for when you are pregnant is Delta Lloyd. They provide excellent coverage on all extra’s coming in with pregnancy (courses, pain medication, hospital labor etc)
  • Living in Amsterdam or another popular city? Sign up for daycare as soon as possible (if you need it).
  • You can opt to do the combination test, to calculate your chances of having a happy and healthy baby. From april 2017 you can also chose to do the NIP test. This Non Invasive Prenatal Test is done by taking some of your blood around week 12. The babies DNA will be extracted and tested for irregularities. Read more about the NIP test here
  • Discuss with your partner: do you want to know if it’s going to be a boy or girl? If you don’t; tell people as otherwise they might spoil your surprise by sending back test results or performing a scan!
  • Tell your boss and discuss your maternity leave. Do you take 6, 5 or 4 weeks before due date? Or would you rather leave that in the middle and decide at a later stage?

20 weeks and onwards

  • You will have your 20 week scan, and hopefully everything is looking good. Congratulations, you can now officially start shopping for your mini-you!
  • There is a lot you can shop for, and you will find yourself shopping more for the baby than for yourself these coming months. However, take it easy on clothes and hydrofile blankets as these are typical items you’ll get from friends before and after your baby is born.
  • What you do have to shop for, is the pram. Most prams come with quite a long delivery time. They don’t come cheap, so make sure you take the time to select the pram that suits you. Don’t do this online (preferably) but go to a baby shop and let yourself be properly informed. Read more about our pram-shopping adventure here.
  • Sign up for a preparation course. It’s good to have some knowledge of how labor is going to be, what happens to your body during pregnancy and how to take care of yourself and your baby. Whether you chose to go for pregnancy yoga or pilates, mindfulness or ‘puff’ classes, it will be worth it once those first contractions start!
  • In The Netherlands, there are a lot of places where you can give birth in a ‘non-medical’ wing of the hospital. In Amsterdam for example, the OLVG hospital offers the ‘Labor Centre’. You can book yourself and your partner a 2 hour introduction which is very helpful. Read more.
  • Reading material for parents who would like to establish some kind of routine: The Contented Baby Book from Gina Ford and Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall.

The last weeks

  • Start thinking about the cards you want to send out, and make a list of addresses if you haven’t already done so. Living in The Netherlands and want to have a unique announcement card? Check with Studio Sijm, the owner Marloes is a star in making the most special birth cards!
  • Pack your ‘go’ bag with the necessary items. A lot of good advice on what to pack can be found here.
  • Is your nursery almost ready for the arrival of the little one? Have you washed the clothes, blankets and sheets? It’s a fun thing to do with your mum, sister or mother in law. Make it into a special day.
  • Last but not least; relax and be patient!

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