Week 24

If you’re having sleep issues, take non-medicated measures to help. Doctor-approved exercise, a dark and silent or white-noise bedroom, and sex can all help lull you to deeper, more reliable sleep. Avoid hot baths and sleeping pills, as they can be dangerous.

Look into Childcare

If you’re going back to work and no one will be home during the day, start looking for childcare. Ask around for recommendations or look at Care.com, which is a service for finding officially-vetted and peer-reviewed care providers.

Create a Baby Registry

Once you have an idea about what you’ll need, get a registry for your baby shower. Bed, Bath & Beyond has a registry service on their infant brand BuyBuyBaby.com. A large online store like that can make it easier to find what you need in one place and have it shipped straight to you or your shower guests’ houses.

Get a Gestational Diabetes Test

About 3% of the time, diabetes can develop in the 24th-28th week of pregnancy. Be sure to get tested during this period so it can be managed for your and your baby’s health. While there isn’t much risk of birth defects, it can increase your and your baby’s risk for Type II diabetes later in life. A healthy weight will also help mitigate your risk.