Pregnancy and women's health

Planning for a healthy pregnancy

 

Deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you'll make. Whatever you choose, Wellpoint is here for you.

 

Download our Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide to learn about our Taking Care of Baby and Me® program and how you can support your well-being during pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide (English) 

Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide (Spanish) 

 

Health A to Z

 

Our Health A to Z library is also a great resource for you. Health A to Z has answers to questions on topics such as pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and more. If you're pregnant, there are many things you can do to help you and your baby stay strong and healthy.

 

Explore pregnancy and childbirth topics 

Once you find out you're pregnant

 

  Schedule an appointment with your OB provider.

  • Prenatal care is very important for you and your baby. Your doctor will ask you about your health, do a physical exam and tell you your baby's due date. 
  • Who is your OB provider? If you don't have one, use the Find Care tool to find a provider near you.

  Take care of you.

  • Eat healthy foods, stay active, and avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
  • Complete an OB health screener.
  • This helps us get you the care and support you need during your pregnancy.

 

  Enroll in Healthy Rewards. You may be able to earn rewards for going to your prenatal and postpartum appointments. To enroll in our Healthy Rewards program, visit the Benefit Reward Hub or call the Healthy Rewards Customer Service Line at 888-990-8681 (TTY 711) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

 

 

  Complete an OB Health Screener with My Advocate.

  • After you complete your OB health screener, you'll be enrolled in the My Advocate education program where you will get the support you need before and after your baby is born. You can get helpful tips and advice by phone, website, or app. My Advocate also makes it easy to reach a case manager.

Helpful resources

 

Staying healthy at any age

 

Stay healthy and strong by:

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

 

Planning for pregnancy

 

Are you thinking about having a baby? There are steps you can take to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy. They can help you have a healthy baby, too! 

 

Before you become pregnant, talk with your doctor about:

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

 

Taking care of you and your baby

 

Being a new parent is an exciting time. But it can bring some unexpected challenges. You may have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy.

 

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

 

Navigating the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

 

If your baby was born sick or premature, they may have been admitted to the NICU. You may be having a hard time coping. We believe the more you know, the better you'll be able to care for your baby. We offer the NICU Case Management program to support you with the day-to-day stress of having a baby in the NICU and to help you prepare yourself and your home for when your baby is released from the hospital. After your baby is home, our NICU case managers continue to provide you with education and support to improve health outcomes, prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions, and guide you to community resources if your baby needs them.

 

Supporting your partner during and after pregnancy

 

There are many ways you can support your partner during pregnancy. Encourage them to seek early and regular prenatal care. Attend appointments and birthing classes with them. Encourage your partner to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, stay active and eat healthy. Find ways to help them reduce stress during pregnancy.

 

Take care of yourself, too. As you help your partner stay healthy, take these steps with them:

  • Visit your doctor
  • Make sure your immunizations are up to date
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs
  • 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

Your role as a parent is very important to the health and development of your baby. You may have a lot of questions about caring for your newborn. The links below can help you get ready to be a parent.

Coping with the loss of a baby

 

Losing a baby is very painful. A strong circle of support can be very helpful. You can find help here:

 

First Candle. Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss. Call First Candle at 800-221-7437 (TTY 711) for bereavement support. Grief counselors are on hand at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

National SHARE. Pregnancy and infant loss support. Call 800-821-6819 (TTY 711).

 

MISS Foundation. Support and resources after the death of a child. Call 888-455-6477 (TTY 711).

Teens: Taking care of your health and planning for the future

 

 

You may have questions about sex, relationships, body changes or birth control. When you get regular checkups, you can talk with your doctor. If you want to talk privately, ask your doctor if they can answer your questions without a parent in the room.

Interactive tool

 

From Embryo to Baby in Nine Months. Learn how your baby grows and changes inside the womb. 

 

Go to interactive tool 

Support and resources

 

Community Resource Link

 

Get help finding food, jobs, housing, and other things you may need.

 

Find community resources 

 

 

My Advocate

 

Maternal health education by phone, website, or app.

 

Visit My Advocate 

 

 

Healthy Rewards

 

Visit the Benefit Reward Hub to enroll and redeem your Healthy Rewards. You also can call Healthy Rewards at 888-990-8681 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

 

Redeem healthy rewards 

 

 

Infant Safe Haven

 

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

 

Visit Safe Haven 

Pregnancy and childbirth apps

Maternal health education
Health tips from the CDC