Your preggie to-do list
Before you meet your baby, there's a few things you need to do. 
Source

Book your bed

If you’re going to be giving birth at a government hospital, take the tour well before your baby is due. Book your hospital bed early – preferably at about eight weeks into your pregnancy. Take your antenatal card (or referral letter from your doctor), ID, proof of residence, an employment certificate or other proof of income. If you are not working you need three consecutive current bank statements. You will then receive a hospital appointment card along with your registration number and payment classification.

Start planning baby's room

Now is a great time to start planning and buying items for your little one’s future home. If he’s going to be nesting in your room, start setting up a little corner of ‘babycentric’ things, like the big teddy bear, the feeding chair and so on. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can make some items yourself.

Pick a paediatrician

Research good, reliable doctors for your baby. Ensure that you pick someone who does after-hour calls, is reputable, preferably lives nearby. Keep all the contact details in an organiser/diary. Ask friends and family for recommendations.

Book an antenatal class

Research a few antenatal classes and book early as they can fill up quite quickly. Make sure that you are comfortable with what you book for – maybe go to a few classes first as a trial – as you have to pay for this.

Get your UIF in order

Organise your maternity leave and UIF. You’re entitled to four months maternity leave, starting one month before your due date. You should also have the necessary documents handy and forms completed, so that you can claim UIF maternity benefits. For details and forms go to www.labour.gov.za. The rates will vary but generally, you can claim benefits for 17 weeks of maternity leave, earning up to a maximum of 58 percent of your salary. Be warned that the money might not be in your account as promptly as your paycheck used to be, so make sure you have sufficient funds to compensate for late payments. There are organisations that will do the work for you, for a fee. Vist www.moneyformoms.co.za if you are interested in using a company.

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

week-by-week

Want to know what your baby looks like and what you can expect at this stage?

 

Mysmartkid

Sponsored

Smart pregnancy & Parenting Workshop

If you have a bundle of joy on the way, don’t miss the Mysmartkid & Baby Sense Pregnancy & Parenting Workshop with parenting experts Dr Welma Lubbe and Kath Megaw as speakers. Book today!

See more >
 
 

Directories

Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.