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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 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 Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711), or sign up for My Advocate 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 Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711) to learn more about our New Baby, New LifeSM program.
  • Step 4: Take care of yourself.
    Stay healthy by eating right, staying active, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol.

Stay healthy and strong by:

  • Going to your primary medical provider and dentist regularly
  • Keeping your 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

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Helpful resources

Learn more at cdc.gov/reproductivehealth.
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Smokefree Women
National Tobacco Quit Line: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) (TTY 711)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357) (TTY 800-487-4889)

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 primary medical provider 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. There are many things you can do to help yourself 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 primary medical provider 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 Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711). We can help you find a provider near you.

Take care of yourself.
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 Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711) or sign up for My Advocate 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 Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711) to learn more about our New Baby, New Life program.

Healthy Rewards

You can earn gift cards just for going to your doctor visits. All you have to do is join the Healthy Rewards program first. To join, log in to the Benefit Reward Hub and visit the Healthy Rewards portal. You also can call 888-990-8681 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Helpful resources

  • March of Dimes
  • Smokefree Women
  • Text 4baby
  • National Tobacco Quit Line: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) (TTY 711).
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357) (TTY 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.

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Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711). A case manager will help you.

Visit the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) website or call 800-522-0874. WIC can help you with breastfeeding support.

For more support with breastfeeding:

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

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

After you deliver your baby, be sure to call Member Services at the number on your member ID card so we can help you transition to your next plan.
 

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.

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Helpful resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services for Healthy Indiana Plan and Hoosier Healthwise at 866-408-6131 (TTY 711) and for Hoosier Care Connect at 844-284-1797 (TTY 711). A care manager can help you.

The MyPreemie app supports families with preemies. iTunes Google Play

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 them to seek early and regular prenatal care. Attend appointments and birthing classes with them. Encourage your partner to avoid tobacco and alcohol, 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 primary medical provider
  • Make sure your vaccines 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.

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Helpful resources

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

CJ First Candle — Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss
Call 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 800-821-6819 (TTY 711).
MISS Foundation — Support and resources after the death of a child
Call 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 primary medical provider (PMP). If you want to talk privately, ask your PMP 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.

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Pregnancy and childbirth apps

Useful Apps - BabyCenter Col1

BabyCenter

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

Useful Apps - CDC Show Your Love Col1

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Show Your Love

Health tips from the CDC.

Useful Apps - MyPreemie Col1

MyPreemie

Learn how to care for a premature baby.

Useful Apps - Count the Kicks Col1

Count the Kicks

Monitor your baby's well-being.

Interactive tools

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

Watch how your baby grows and changes inside the womb.

Page Last Updated: 05/06/22

 

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