Taking care of your health during pregnancy

Life changes you when you become a mom. Maybe you’ll become a new mom through pregnancy. Others may become new moms by being a foster parent or through adoption. If your path to becoming a mom includes pregnancy, you might be wondering what surprises await you and how best to prepare for what’s ahead before your baby arrives. Here are some resources to help you along the way.

Get support for you and your baby from the start

Having a baby may be exciting, but it’s also important to have support. Make sure your support team includes a doctor or nurse. Watch our video to see why it’s essential to keep up with doctor appointments before and after your baby is born, even during COVID-19.

Helping you prepare for a healthy pregnancy

What should you expect at your appointments?

Start our video series at 8 weeks into your pregnancy and continue to 2 weeks after your baby’s birth. You’ll get help to know what to expect at each appointment.

Preparing for a new baby

Expecting moms may feel both excitement and stress when preparing for a baby’s arrival. That’s natural. And it’s why there are federal and state programs you can turn to. They may be able to help you get the support and supplies you need for your new baby.

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is the care you receive while you’re pregnant. If you think you could be pregnant, schedule a doctor’s appointment for early prenatal care. It’s a good way to start on a path to a healthy pregnancy.

Self-care tips for expecting and new moms

Self-care starts with knowing what resources may be available to you during and after your pregnancy. Follow this list of helpful tips to help keep tabs on your health.

What about eating and exercise during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, healthy choices can make a difference. Eating a balanced diet. Keeping up with a steady level of exercise. These are just a couple of ways to help support your baby’s growth and development. 

Mental health during pregnancy

Expecting a new baby may make you feel excited, but also nervous. There may be worries about your baby. You may have feelings of stress or anxiety. You may have questions about handling substance use. Your provider may be able to help with the following concerns.

Anxiety and depression

Watch for signs of anxiety and depression. Being open with your care provider may help you get the support you need to start feeling better.

Substance use during pregnancy

If you struggle with alcohol, drug or cigarette use, you may be worried about the impact on your baby. Your care provider can help you create a plan for managing your substance use.

Quiz: What should you know about having a healthy pregnancy?

Take a healthy pregnancy quiz. It’s a quick way to check out what you already know about pregnancy and pick up some new healthy pregnancy tips too.

Get support before, during and after pregnancy

Maternity support program

The UnitedHealthcare Maternity Support program provides resources and support to help you throughout your pregnancy.

UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy app

Use your phone to track pregnancy milestones, set reminders and get daily tips. If you get your insurance through your employer, as part of your benefit plan, you can download the app at no additional cost to you.

Breast pump coverage

Breastfeeding may be one of the many topics you’re thinking about as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. Let’s go over some of the basics of breastfeeding and explain coverage for breast pumps.

Healthy first steps

If you are a UnitedHealthcare Community Plan member, you may be eligible to earn rewards for attending prenatal, postpartum and children’s wellness appointments. Learn more at uhchealthyfirststeps.com or call 1-800-599-5985, Monday through Friday, 8 AM  to 5 PM local time.

Footnotes

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The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy application is only available to eligible members of certain employer-sponsored plans. Application registration is required.

The Healthy Pregnancy Program follows national practice standards from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. The Healthy Pregnancy Program cannot diagnose problems or recommend specific treatment. The information provided is not a substitute for your doctor’s care. The information provided under the Maternity Support Program is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical and/or nutritional advice. Participants should consult an appropriate health care professional to determine what may be right for them. Employers are responsible for ensuring that any wellness programs they offer to their employees comply with applicable state and/or federal law, including, but not limited to, GINA, ADA and HIPAA wellness regulations, which in many circumstances contain maximum incentive threshold limits for all wellness programs combined that are generally limited to 30 percent of the cost of self-only coverage of the lowest-cost plan, as well as obligations for employers to provide certain notices to their employees. Employers should discuss these issues with their own legal counsel.