There are few things more exciting in life than finding out you’re having a baby. You’ve been trying for a while and now you’re finally having a baby. You couldn’t be more thrilled and can’t wait to finally hold your little bundle of joy for the first time. It’s going to be amazing.

But before you have the opportunity to experience motherhood, your body is going to go through some serious changes. Pregnancy isn’t easy and it’s not what you see in the movies. Which is why you’ll be needing certain types of healthcare services to get through the next few months.

OB/GYN

Your OB/GYN will be your lifeline during your pregnancy. From your very first check up to the day your baby arrives in this world, you’ll be needing an OB/GYN. Which is why it’s so important you find an OB/GYN who you feel comfortable with. You’re going to be nervous and have a lot of questions, especially if this is your first child. And so you should choose this medical professional wisely. Speak to family and friends who’ve had children and find out if there’s anyone they would recommend.

Midwife

If you choose to give natural birth, you will need a midwife. This is the person who will coach you through the birthing process. While your body is going through the most pain you will likely ever feel, this person will be right there with you. They’re a trained profession whose main job is to get you through the incredibly difficult process of childbirth.

Lactation specialist

Milk builds up in your breasts while you’re pregnant, preparing for feeding your baby. A lactation specialist will ensure that, once you’ve had the baby, you have no problems feeding them. Many women experience difficulty in feeding their newborn because the baby won’t latch onto the nipple. This can be traumatising for new mothers. But a lactation specialist will be able to prepare you while you’re pregnant and help you once the baby is born.

Antenatal classes

Once again, if you’re going to give natural birth, your body is going to go through a lot. That’s why it’s always a good idea to go to antenatal classes to prepare yourself. But they don’t just prepare you for birth, they also help prepare you for when the baby is born – from feeding to getting your child to sleep.

Of course, these are just a few of the healthcare services you will need while you’re pregnant. It’s also a good idea to organise a paediatrician while you’re pregnant as they will need to be there when the child is born.