14 Major Decisions to Make During Pregnancy

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14 Major Decisions to Make During Pregnancy

The decisions that women have to make during pregnancy aren’t just about the colors and decor of their baby’s nursery or which stroller they should get. Now that you and your partner have made the ultimate decision to become parents, there are much bigger decisions that you two need to make before your little one arrives. Too many women wait until the last minute to make these choices and because of that, some of their options are no longer available. This is why it’s time to sit down and consider those important questions. Get prepared before your baby’s big day and take a look at our list below of the 14 major decisions to make during your pregnancy.

1. Who Should Be My Care Provider?

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, it’s time to start thinking about the type of practitioner you want to work with throughout your pregnancy and for the birth of your baby. I want to let you know, this doesn’t have to be your current provider. Even though he/she may be super nice and you have known him/her for years, that person and the other doctors in the group may practice a little differently than the way you are wanting your labor and your baby’s birth to go. Take me for example! When I first moved to Houston, I googled “great ob gyns” that accepted my insurance and picked an OB/GYN group that had good reviews and seemed nice. My doctor was super lovely and her staff is very nice. Once I became a doula and saw how she and her fellow partners worked during labor and delivery, I knew I had to find a new provider. The way they worked compared to other doctors I saw was not what I wanted. This is why it’s important to ask around and really think about what type of experience you want and which person will be able to give that to you, whether it’s an OB/GYN or a certified midwife. (Get more information on what to ask your OB or midwife to make the best choice for you.) Once you have chosen the practitioner you would like to work with, that decision will dictate where you will have your baby — in a hospital, a birthing center or at home, which leads me to your next decision . . .

2. Where Should I Give Birth?

When you are making this decision, I want you to imagine where you would like your baby to be born: in a hospital, birthing center, or at home. I highly recommend getting recommendations from friends and listen to their labor and birth experiences. (NOTE: I also recommend talking to doulas — they know the scoop on all the hospitals and doctors in your area and can tell you the truth about the type of experience you can expect.) If they are negative stories, it’s probably a good idea to explore different options. Once you have a few ideas of where you would like to give birth from the recommendations you’ve heard, go visit the places you’re considering, and check with your insurance plan to confirm your coverage. This needs to be done early on in your pregnancy.

3. Should I Find Out My Baby’s Gender?

Nowadays most expecting parents choose to find out their baby’s gender during their pregnancy so that they can be better prepared. (You can determine the gender through a blood test as early as 12 weeks or at your 20-week ultrasound). Others like to go the old-fashioned route of being surprised in the delivery room. I will say, the families that I have worked with that have waited to find out the gender have the most magical experience. Talk to your partner about this and decide what feels right to you. Finding out the sex of your baby allows you to:

  • narrow down the name instead of choosing one name for each gender
  • decorate the baby’s room (nursery) with the colors that you would like rather than going gender neutral
  • buy baby clothes ahead of time
  • have a gender-reveal party!
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Keeping it a surprise can be a great motivator during labor and delivery though. Women are so determined to meet their little one since they have been waiting so long to find out if they have a daughter or a son. And when they finally get that moment to meet their child and welcome him/her into the world, it is pure joy and so amazing. Personally, I don’t know if I would be able to wait since I am such a planner, but I love it when people do keep it a surprise. 🙂

4. What’s My Maternity Leave Plan?

Telling your boss about your pregnancy and sorting out your maternity leave plan is a must. Most women usually tell their employer about the big news at 12 weeks (or before their pregnant belly begins to show). This news is always appreciated since it allows several months for planning for your absence. I understand that revealing your pregnancy to your employer can be nerve-wracking, but there is nothing to worry. Once you have announced it, this is when you can discuss your maternity leave options at your company and decide what works best for you and your family.

5. What Are My Plans After Maternity Leave?

For some women it’s super easy to make this choice and for others, it can be extremely difficult. Most moms have an idea of their plan before giving birth, but your plans may change depending on your physical or mental health after giving birth, your baby’s health, and other factors you can’t predict. Family finances are a major consideration, so calculate whether you can afford to stay at home. Also, learn about the pros and cons of staying at home versus returning to work, and if you do plan to return to work, begin researching childcare options during your pregnancy. In many areas, places fill up fast and have waitlists many months in advance, so try to begin your research early.

6. What Should I Name My Baby?

This is one of the most fun decisions to make during pregnancy! Some women have a long list of potential baby names in hand even before they are pregnant, while others don’t have a clue where to begin with this monumental decision when it comes time to naming their baby. If you can’t make a decision before you go into labor, make a short list of about three potential names (per sex or per baby, in the case of multiples) when you head to the delivery room. It can help you and your partner feel excited rather than overwhelmed by your selection and it allows you to meet your baby first and see if the name truly is fitting for your baby.

7. What Childbirth Education Class Will I Take?

Some doulas, birthing centers and hospitals offer childbirth education classes that can teach you and your partner about what to expect from labor and birth. There are so many different types of childbirth classes so it’s good to do your research and ask around for recommendations to see which class is best for you and your needs. Some of the options are: Lamaze, ICEA, Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Birth Boot Camp, and so much more. Some classes are just one day, some are a few days, and some are a few weeks long. You need to take your childbirth class during your third trimester so it’s important to register for the class by your second trimester. These classes will cover everything from breathing and relaxation techniques to help you cope with labor pains to medical procedures and what to expect during labor and birth.

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8. Who Should Be Present at the Birth?

Hospitals do have policies on how many visitors you can have in the labor and delivery room with you so you need to ask how many people can be in the room with you on your big day. Some of the hospitals will allow you to have as many people as you would like, while others may only allow three visitors in the room total (including you). So if you would like to have your spouse, your mother, your doula, a birth photographer, or a friend, everyone will have to rotate at some point. A lot of women that I work with usually have their spouse with them, their doula with them, and their families waiting in the waiting room coming in every now and then to check in. If you don’t want anyone other than your partner at the hospital during labor and delivery, stand your ground! This is your decision and you need to feel as calm and supported as possible so only surround yourself with positivity and people that support you and your wants.

9. Should I Use Pain Relieving Medications?

The question of whether to have pain medication during your labor and birth or to have a natural birth is something to think about and research before making an immediate decision. You may think you want one thing, but then change your mind in the end. It’s always important to learn about the pros and cons, the benefits and risks of each procedure and medication because there is more than one option for pain medication during childbirth. Keep in mind that this decision isn’t set in stone. Even if you have a written birth plan you may change your mind at the last minute, which is okay. But it’s important to educate yourself and have an idea of what you want your experience to be.

10. Should I Breastfeed or Bottle Feed My Baby?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding is recommended as the healthiest way to feed your newborn, however, it does come with a few barriers and challenges. Bottle feeding is a fine alternative and in some cases is the only way some women can feed their babies. The choice of whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is completely up to you. If you haven’t already experienced this, it’s one of the touchiest and most controversial subjects for new mothers, so be kind to yourself about whatever decision you make. You need to tune out other people’s judgments (even though it can be difficult), and be open to changing plans if you need to. At the end of the day, we are all doing the best we can with our own circumstances.

11. Should We Bank Our Baby’s Cord Blood?

Some parents choose to save and store their baby’s umbilical cord blood because it is rich in stem cells that could be used later on to treat many different types of illnesses and disorders. Private cord blood banking (where the blood is available only to the donor’s family) can be costly, while public cord blood banking is usually covered by insurance and makes the blood available to anyone in need, but honestly a lot of it is discarded. Some studies have shown that private cord blood banking may only be cost-effective for families with an increased risk of certain medical conditions treated with stem cells and, even then, is not a guaranteed treatment. Do your research on cord blood banking and weigh the options with your partner. It never hurts to be extra prepared because those stem cells could be used for that child or your next child.

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12. Should My Baby Boy Be Circumcised?

Along with breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, this is another extremely controversial topic. Choosing whether to circumcise your baby boy is a big decision that you must decide on. At hospitals they normally perform this procedure 24-hours after birth but you could also go to a mohel and have it done at your home or at a clinic. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis, has multiple pros and cons. According to AAP, they don’t go as far as recommending the procedure for all newborn boys, however one of their latest policy statement’s acknowledges that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure. This is a personal decision for you and your partner to make. Do your research and decide what you think is best for your son.

13. Who Will Be My Child’s Pediatrician?

There are a few women that forget about this question and don’t choose a pediatrician before their baby is born. If you don’t choose your baby’s pediatrician before you give birth, the hospital will more than likely assign you one. You may not like the pediatrician that is assigned to your baby so it’s a good idea to start researching by the end of your second trimester. Ask your primary care physician and friends for recommendations, then interview your top picks to find the right fit. Pediatricians allow for you to come in for a prenatal consultation so you can interview them, see if you both will be on the same page about everything, like your baby’s vaccine schedule, that way you can determine if they are the right doctor for you and your baby. Here are some questions to ask the pediatrician if you are looking for a list!

14. Who Can Visit and Help After the Baby Arrives?

It’s important to have a plan for when you bring your baby home. Some questions that you need to consider are: who would you like to come see your baby right after he/she is born? When would you like them to come visit either at the hospital or at your home and for how long? Discuss some reasonable visitation plans with your partner so that you both feel comfortable during your first hours, days and weeks as parents. As your due date approaches, share your wishes with your friends and family, even if it’s hard to lay some ground rules. But keep an open mind about visitors, and line up as much help as you can for your first days and weeks at home. It’s a good time in your third trimester to consider if you would like a postpartum doula to come and help you as well. Their assistance can really help during your transition into becoming parents. You might be surprised by how much help you need and how much a friendly face can cheer you up as you adjust to motherhood.

What are some other major decisions that you had to make before your baby was born?

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
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Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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Hope they're ready for us!⁠ 👯‍♀️⁠
📷: @myquestionablelife⁠
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" . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would w " . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would we have tears if they didn't serve a purpose? Little hurts can feel big when you are little. There is no such things as no reason to cry. Comforting a crying child is not the same as shutting them down, no matter how sweetly we shut them down . . . up actually." - Pam Leo⁠
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"Every diaper change is a struggle⁠ Goldfish cru "Every diaper change is a struggle⁠
Goldfish crumbs are literally everywhere.⁠
Nothing stays in the correct place.⁠
Dramatic meltdowns are a part of our daily routine.⁠
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Being a mother to a new toddler is so challenging, and every day I'm not sure what to expect! But, even on the days where I think I'm going nuts, it's so worth getting to watch my daughter grow into her own person. I love seeing her personality expand with each day.⁠
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I won't lie though, I do get a tad bit freaked out sometimes! I mean I've never heard anyone nail the sound of a pterodactyl better than my daughter, when she's having a meltdown. 😂😳"⁠
Repost: @postpartum⁠
Words & 📷: @tori.mccain⁠
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Share your worst/funniest toddler meltdown stories below! I'm sure almost all of us mamas who have a toddler can relate. 🙋⁠
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That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama w That's my kind of mom friend. 😂 Tag that mama who is your happy safe person. ❤️⁠
📷: @lifeandtimesofmom⁠
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8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck 8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You're Stuck Inside⁠
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⁠When the snow first starts falling, it’s a great feeling. Your house is cozy inside, school is cancelled—three cheers for a snow day! The kids are excited and you can’t help but feel some excitement, too. However, after a few days of being snowed in, we can all start to get a bit stir crazy, especially with our littles cooped up at home with us. We're sharing eight creative ways to beat those winter blues when you feel like you’re stuck indoors! {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @cecileadams⁠
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