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Pregnancy and Women's Health

Pregnancy & Women's Health

At Healthy Blue, we understand that deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you will make. Whatever you choose, we’re here to help you stay healthy.

If you’re pregnant, take these important steps:

  • Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your obstetrics (OB) provider
    Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-844-594-5070 (TTY 711), and we can help you find one near you.
  • Step 2: Complete an OB health screener
    This screener will help us customize the care and support we provide you throughout your pregnancy. Expect a call from My Advocate® or a Healthy Blue associate to complete the OB health screener.
  • Step 3: Call to learn more about our New Baby, New Life℠ program and to get connected to an OB care manager
    Call 1-844-594-5070 (TTY 711) to learn more.
  • Step 4: Take care of you
    Eating healthy foods, staying active, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.
  • Step 5: Sign up for our Healthy Rewards program
    Earn dollars for completing healthy activities.
    • $25 incentive for a prenatal visit in the first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment in Healthy Blue
    • $25 incentive for attending a postpartum visit 7 to 84 days after delivery
    • $25 incentive for attending up to six well baby visits between the age of 0-15 months

There are several important steps you can take to stay healthy and strong throughout your life:

  • Going to your doctor and dentist regularly
  • Keeping vaccines up-to-date
  • Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Planning for or preventing an unwanted pregnancy
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

These are all important steps you can take to stay healthy and achieve your goals.

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If you’re thinking about having a baby, there are steps you can take to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy. These steps will help you have a healthy baby, too!

Before you become pregnant, talk with your doctor about:

  • Planning to start a family
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Taking medications safely
  • Taking folic acid
  • Making sure your vaccines are up-to-date
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

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Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you. There are many things you can do to make sure you and your baby stay strong and healthy.

Once you find out you’re pregnant, what are your next steps?

  • Schedule an appointment with your OB provider

Prenatal care is very important for you and your baby. Your doctor will ask you questions about your health, do a physical exam, tell you your baby’s due date, and give you the information you and your baby need to stay healthy.

Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-844-594-5070 (TTY 711), and we can help you find a provider near you.

  • Take care of you

Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

  • Complete an OB health screener

This screener helps us make sure we’re helping you get the care and support you need throughout your pregnancy. Expect a call from My Advocate® or a Healthy Blue associate to complete the OB health screener.

  • Chat with your OB care manager

Call us to learn about our New Baby, New Life program. We can help you find resources to help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Call 1-844-594-5070 (TTY 711) to learn more.

  • Enroll in Healthy Rewards

Earn dollars for completing healthy activities.

My Advocate®

Getting the support you need throughout your pregnancy can help you feel better and embrace the journey. MaryBeth with My Advocate® shares helpful tips and advice before and after your baby is born, and will make it easier to connect with your care manager.

You get these helpful tips and advice by phone, text, smartphone app or on the website. Enroll in My Advocate® and take an OB health screener that will help us customize your care today! Expect a call from My Advocate® or a Healthy Blue associate to complete the OB health screener.

Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide

As a Healthy Blue member, you’ll receive a Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide with more information about prenatal, postpartum and well-baby care, pregnancy benefits, and prenatal and postpartum incentive programs. To learn more or request a guide, call 1-844-594-5070 (TTY 711).

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You may be eligible for WIC benefits. Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Congratulations! Being a new mother is an exciting time, but motherhood can bring some challenges you might not have expected. You may have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy.

Besides talking with your doctor, there are many resources available to help keep you healthy, both physically and emotionally. There are also many resources to help you make sure your baby is safe, happy and healthy.

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Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-844-594-5070 to speak with a care manager.

If you have not already enrolled in WIC, visit the WIC website to learn more or call 1-800-367-2229. WIC can assist you with breastfeeding support.

For more information or support with breastfeeding:

For more information on postpartum depression, talk to your doctor. You can also contact Postpartum Support International (PSI) at 1-800-944-4PPD (4773).

If your baby was born sick or premature and has been admitted to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), you may be having a difficult time coping. We believe that the more you know, the better you will be able to care for your infant. We are here to help you feel more at ease with your baby’s stay in the NICU.

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Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-844-594-5070 to speak with a care manager.

The MyPreemie App provides support to parents and families with preemies.

Graham’s Foundation provides support, advocacy, and research for preemies and their families.

March of Dimes’ My NICU Baby App provides answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby during this time.

There are many things you can do to support your partner during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to seek early and regular prenatal care, and attend appointments and birthing classes with them. Encourage your partner to take other important steps such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, staying active and eating healthy, and finding ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.

During this exciting time, it is also important for you to take care of yourself. As you encourage your partner to take important steps to stay healthy, take these steps with your partner:

  • Visit your doctor
  • Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Stay active — spend time walking or exercising with your partner
  • Eat healthy
  • Find ways to reduce your stress — reach out to friends and family who are parents and can provide you with support and advice

This is an exciting time for you. Your role as a parent is very important to the health and development of your baby, and you may have a lot of questions about caring for your newborn. Healthy Blue is here for you. You can find helpful information on getting and staying healthy, and preparing for parenthood below.

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Losing a baby is a very painful experience. If you are dealing with the loss of your baby, it is important to have a circle of support. Below are some resources you might find helpful.

CJ First Candle — Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss
Call 1-800-221-7437. Grief counselors are on hand at no cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

National SHARE — Pregnancy and infant loss support
Call 1-800-821-6819

MISS Foundation — Support and resources after the death of a child
Call 1-888-455-6477

You may have questions about sex, relationships, body changes, birth control or other topics. Getting regular checkups gives you a chance to ask your doctor these questions and talk about any other concerns. Ask your doctor if they can answer your questions without a parent in the room.

You can also find information and support online. Below are some sites you can visit to get accurate information about ways to stay healthy.

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Pregnancy and childbirth apps

Useful Apps - Healthy Recipes – SparkRecipes

Healthy Recipes – SparkRecipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.

Useful Apps - Baby Center

Baby Center

Track your pregnancy and count down to baby’s arrival.

Useful Apps - CDC Show Your Love

CDC Show Your Love

Plan and prepare for pregnancy with health tips from the CDC.

Useful Apps - MyPreemie

MyPreemie

Get information and advice to help you care for a premature baby.

Useful Apps - March of Dimes My NICU Baby

March of Dimes My NICU Baby

Get answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby during this time.

Useful Apps - CDC Milestone Tracker

CDC Milestone Tracker

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with this easy-to-use tracker from the CDC.

Interactive tools

Health Topics IT - From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months Col1

From embryo to baby in nine months

Watch how your baby grows and changes month by month inside the womb. 

Support and resources

My Advocate®

Maternal health education by phone, text, app or website.

Go to My Advocate®

Healthy Rewards

Earn rewards for certain health checkups or screenings.

Infant Safe Haven

Learn about safe-haven laws in your state and what to do if you can’t care for your newborn.

Go to Infant Safe Haven

Local resources

Find local resources near you with our Community Resource Link

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