Getting Ready for Baby

A pregnancy checklist for the expectant mother

From the moment that pregnancy test lets you know a baby is on the way, you become a mother. For most of us, that means a rush of worry and angst combined with all of the love and joy you can muster. Throw in the hormones of pregnancy and suddenly things feel very, very real. Eventually the fear makes room for excitement and the fun begins—maybe you start putting together your baby registry, or planning the decor of the nursery. With all there is to think about, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important elements of bringing a baby into the world. Breastfeeding.

To help you prepare for feeding your baby, we compiled the Ashland Women’s Health pregnancy checklist. See what is at the top of our list of pregnancy “to do’s.”

Sign up for a breastfeeding class: A breastfeeding class can do wonders for a new mom for so many reasons. To start, pregnant women who learn about how to breastfeed are more likely to be successful. The classes will answer questions for you and your partner that you didn’t even know you should ask. Second, you will be connected with other moms who have babies on the way and when you feel like you are a million months pregnant, commiserating is essential. Check out classes in your area through your hospital, ob-gyn office or through La Leche League. You will be so glad that you did.

Understand your hospital’s lactation policy: Give yourself a leg up by understanding your hospital’s approach to lactation, in addition to common obstacles you may encounter once the baby arrives. The structure and services of lactation teams vary greatly from hospital to hospital, which is why it’s very important to be educated on what your hospital provides. Schedule a tour with the hospital staff, or call their Labor & Delivery ward to get more information.

Find a pediatrician. If this is your first baby, finding a pediatrician is something you are going to want to check off your list early on. As your OB or friends for recommendations. Make an appointment to meet with them to find out their position on everything from breastfeeding support to what local children’s hospitals they are affiliated with. Knowing your pediatrician before the baby arrives will ease your mind those first few weeks with the baby.

Order a breast pump: Your insurance should provide a pump at no cost (woo!). Make things easy on yourself by reaching out to us at Ashland Health. We will help you pick the right pump for you and your lifestyle, navigate the insurance process and order it to ship right to your door. Check that off the to-do list! Find out which breast pump is right for you here.

Start day dreaming. Buy the baby name book and start making a list of what you are going to call your little one. Talk to all of your friends who are moms to hear about their experiences with everything from giving birth to . Then build that amazing registry, and hit up Pinterest for the nursery decor of your dreams. It’s time to get ready because your world is about to change!