Based on your responses to our health questionnaire, we’re following up with these practical tips to help you stay healthy during your pregnancy and delivery.
1. Make regular doctor’s appointments, and keep them.
Experts recommend that you see your doctor according to the following schedule.
- Months 1-6: Once every month.
- Months 7-8: Once every two weeks.
- After month 8: Every week until your baby arrives.
2. Be prepared for testing.
Prenatal testing is routine during pregnancy. Tests might include amniocentesis, cervical length measurement, ultrasounds, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), and additional lab tests. Talk with your doctor beforehand about the benefits and risks of each test.
3. Gain weight at a moderate pace.
Although extra pounds are definitely a normal part of having a baby, it’s best to manage your weight gain at a moderate pace. Eating healthy foods, exercising, and tracking your calories will help you maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy.
4. Call your doctor immediately in an emergency.
Never hesitate to contact your doctor right away if you experience symptoms that could indicate a problem. Signs to look for include vision changes, vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, painful urination, long-lasting headaches, and contractions. It’s okay for a call to be a false alarm, too – plenty of women call their providers just to double check.
5. Take time to relax.
It sounds cliché, but pregnancy doesn’t have to be stressful. Setting aside time to relax is therapeutic for you and your developing baby. Practice deep breathing exercises, listen to calming music, take a leisurely walk, or participate in any healthy activity that reduces stress.
Your Maternity Case Management benefits from BCBSMA
Through BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts, you may have access to a special pregnancy benefit, the Maternity Case Management program.
This program gives you access to on-staff nurses who can provide you with personalized support during pregnancy. They’ll answer all your questions, consult with you about your unique health care needs, and offer recommendations for doctors and hospitals. This can be especially important as you get farther along in your pregnancy and have more questions.
The Maternity Case Management program is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ET. Tap the button below to learn more or ask a question.