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Pregnancy and women's health

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

We have tips, interactive tools, resources and apps for every stage of your life.

If you’re pregnant, take these important steps:

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your OB provider.

Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, call us at the number on your member ID card. We can help you find a provider near you.

Step 2: Complete an OB health screener.

This will help us get you the right care and support.

Call the number on your member ID card to complete our OB health screener.

Step 3: Call us to speak with an OB care manager.

We can help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Call the number on your member ID card to learn more about our New Baby, New LifeSM program.

Step 4: Take care of you.

Stay healthy by eating right, staying active, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol.

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

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Preconception health and health care
Show your love! Preconception health care app
Show your love! Steps to a healthier me and baby-to-be
Smokefree Women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) (TTY 711)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) (TTY 1-800-487-4889)

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

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, call the number on your member ID card. We can help find a provider near you.

Take care of you.
Eat healthy foods, stay active, and avoid tobacco and alcohol.

Complete an OB health screener.
This helps us get you the care and support you need during your pregnancy. Call Customer Care to complete our OB health screener.

Chat with an OB case manager.
We can help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Call the number on your member ID card to learn more about our New Baby, New LifeSM program.

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 Healthy Rewards or call 1-877-868-2004 (TTY 711).

Prenatal packet

As an Anthem member, you’ll get a prenatal packet with information about prenatal care, pregnancy benefits and incentive programs. To request a packet, call the number on your member ID card. Packets may include:

  • New Baby, New LifeSM flier
  • Healthy You, Healthy Baby booklet
  • Having a Healthy Baby brochure
  • My Advocate flier
  • Zika member flier

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources
March of Dimes
Smokefree Women
Text 4baby

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) (TTY 711)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) (TTY 1-800-487-4889)

You may be able to get Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits. Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Congratulations! Being a new mother 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.

Postpartum packet

As an Anthem member, you’ll receive a postpartum packet after you give birth. This will have information about postpartum care, benefits for you and your baby and incentive programs. To request a packet, call the number on your member ID card. Packets may include:

  • Nurture booklet
  • Baby and Me Postpartum flier
  • Baby blues and postpartum depression brochure
  • Making a family life plan brochure

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Customer Care at the number on your member ID card. A care manager will help you.

Visit the WIC website or call 1-888-942-9675. WIC can help you with breastfeeding support.

For more support with breastfeeding:

  • Visit La Leche or call the La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-877-452-5324.
  • Visit Infant Risk Center call 1-806-352-2519 for questions about breastfeeding and medications.

For more information on postpartum depression, talk to your doctor. You can also contact Postpartum Support International (PSI) at 1-800-944-4PPD (4773) (TTY 711).

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 that the more you know, the better you’ll be able to care for your baby. We’re here to help you during your baby’s stay in the NICU.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Customer Care at the number on your member ID card. A care manager can help you.

The MyPreemie app supports families with preemies.
Apple iTunes - Download MyPreemie Google Play - Download MyPreemie

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

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

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

  • 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

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.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

BabyCenter: Childbirth cheat sheet
Decision in Recover: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
March of Dimes
Smokefree.gov
National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) (TTY 711)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) (TTY 1-800-487-4889)

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

CJ First Candle — Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss
Call 1-800-221-7437 (TTY 711). Grief counselors are on hand at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
National SHARE — Pregnancy and infant loss support
Call 1-800-821-6819 (TTY 711).
MISS Foundation — Support and resources after the death of a child
Call 1-888-455-6477 (TTY 711).

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.

You can also find information online. Below are some sites that can help you get and stay healthy.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Am I in a healthy relationship?
BAM! Body and Mind
Everything you wanted to know about IUDs and the implant at WhoopsProof.org.
Explore birth control methods. Get birth control and appointment reminders at Bedsider.org.
Get important health information especially for teens.
Learn more about reproductive health for teens.
Learn more about unintended pregnancy prevention.
Learn more about quitting smoking at teen.smokefree.gov.
Take charge of your health: A guide for teens
What is teen health?

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

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth.
Decision in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Smokefree Women
National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) (TTY 711)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) (TTY 1-800-487-4889)

Pregnancy and childbirth apps

Useful Apps - BabyCenter

BabyCenter

Track your pregnancy. Count down to baby’s birth.

Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.

Useful Apps - CDC Show Your Love

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Show Your Love

Health tips from the CDC.

Useful Apps - MyPreemie

MyPreemie

Learn how to care for a premature baby.

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 inside the womb.

 

Support and resources

Healthy Rewards
Earn rewards for certain health checkups or screenings.

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

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

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