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Pregnancy and Women’s Health

At Healthy Blue we understand that deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you will make. Whatever you choose, we’re here to help you stay healthy.

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Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools and helpful resources and apps to stay healthy at every stage of your life.

If you’re pregnant, take these important steps:

  • Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your Obstetrician (OB) provider. 
    Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-866-781-5094 (TTY 1-866-773-9634), and we can help you find a provider near you.
  • Step 2: Complete an OB health screener. 
    This screener will help us customize the care and support we provide you throughout your pregnancy.  Call 1-866-781-5094 to complete our OB health screener. 
  • Step 3: Call to learn more about our New Baby, New Life℠ program and to get connected to an OB Case Manager.  Call 1-866-781-5094 to learn more. 
  • Step 4: Take care of you.
    Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

You can find helpful information on getting and staying healthy and preparing for parenthood below.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Apps
  • Baby Center Pregnancy Tracker
    Track your pregnancy and count down to baby’s arrival.
    Download on iTunes and Google Play
  • Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes
    Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.
    Download on iTunes and Google Play
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Show Your Love
    Plan and prepare for pregnancy with health tips from the CDC.
    Download on iTunes and Google Play
  • My Preemie
    Get information and advice to help you care for a premature baby.
    Download on iTunes and Google Play

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Support and Resources
  • My Advocate
    Maternal health education by phone, text or app. 
    Visit Site 
  • Healthy Rewards
    Earn rewards for certain health checkups or screenings.
    Visit Page  
  • Community Resource Link
    Get help finding food, jobs, housing, and other things you may need.
    Visit Site  
  • Infant Safe Haven
    Learn about safe-haven laws in your state and what to do if you can’t care for your newborn. 
    Visit Site 

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Staying Healthy at Any Age

There are several important steps you can take to stay healthy and strong throughout your life: 

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

These are all important steps you can take to stay healthy and achieve your goals.

Helpful Resources

These are independent companies that provide health information on behalf of Healthy Blue. These links lead to third party websites. These companies are solely responsible for the privacy policies and content on their sites.
 

Planning for Pregnancy

If you’re thinking about having a baby, there are steps you can take to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy. These steps 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 

Helpful Resources

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy

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

Once you find out you’re pregnant, what are your next steps?

  • Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your OB provider.  
    Who is your OB provider?  If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-866-781-5094 (TTY 1-866-773-9634), and we can help you find a provider near you. 
  • Step 2: Complete an OB health screener. 
    This screener will help us customize the care and support we provide you throughout your pregnancy.  Call 1-866-781-5094 to complete our OB health screener. 
  • Step 3: Call to learn more about our New Baby, New LifeSM program and to get connected to an OB Case Manager.  Call 1-866-781-5094 to learn more. 
  • Step 4: Take care of you.  
    Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy. 

Healthy Rewards

You may be eligible to earn rewards for attending your prenatal and postpartum appointments through our Healthy Rewards program. To enroll, visit www.HealthyBlueSC.com/healthyrewards or call 1-877-868-2004

MyAdvocateTM

Getting the support you need throughout your pregnancy can help you feel better and embrace the journey. MaryBeth with My Advocate™ shares helpful tips and advice before and after your baby is born, and will make it easier to connect with your case manager.  You get these helpful tips and advice by phone, text or smartphone app. 

Prenatal Packet

As a Healthy Blue member, you’ll receive a Prenatal Packet containing more information about prenatal care, pregnancy benefits and incentive programs. To learn more or request a packet, call 1-866-781-5094 (TTY 1-866-773-9634).

Helpful Resources

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Taking Care of You and Your Baby

Congratulations! Being a new mother is an exciting time, but motherhood can bring some challenges you might not have expected. You may have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy. 

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

Postpartum Packet

As a Healthy Blue member, you’ll receive a Postpartum Packet containing more information about postpartum care, benefits for you and your baby, and incentive programs. To learn more or request a packet, call 1-866-781-5094 (TTY 1-866-773-9634).

Helpful Resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-866-781-5094 to speak with a case manager. If you have not already enrolled in WIC, visit the WIC website to learn more or call 1-800-868-0404. WIC can assist you with breastfeeding support.

For more information or support with breastfeeding:

  • Visit La Leche or call the La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-877-452-5324
  • Visit Infant Risk Center or 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).

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Navigating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your baby was born sick or premature and has been admitted to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), you may be having a difficult time coping. We believe that the more you know, the better you will be able to care for your infant. We are here to help you feel more at ease with your baby’s stay in the NICU.

Helpful Resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call the Healthy Blue Customer Care Center at 1-866-781-5094 (TTY: 1-866-773-9634) to speak with a case manager.

The MyPreemie App provides support to parents and families with preemies.

These are independent companies that provide health information on behalf of Healthy Blue. These links lead to third party websites. These companies are solely responsible for the privacy policies and content on their sites. 

Supporting Your Partner During and After Pregnancy

There are many things you can do to support your partner during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to seek early and regular prenatal care, and attend appointments and birthing classes with her. Encourage your partner to take other important steps such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, staying active and eating, and finding ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.

During this exciting time, it is also important for you to take care of yourself. As you encourage your partner to take important steps to 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

This is an exciting time for you. Your role as a parent is very important to the health and development of your baby, and you may have a lot of questions about caring for your newborn.  Healthy Blue of South Carolina is here for you.

Coping with the Loss of a Baby

Losing a baby is a very painful experience.  If you are dealing with the loss of your baby, it is important to have a circle of support.  Below are some resources you might find helpful.

  • 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).

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Teens: Taking Care of Your Health & Planning for the Future

You may have questions about sex, relationships, body changes, birth control or other topics. Getting regular check-ups gives you a chance to ask your doctor these questions and talk about any other concerns. Ask your doctor if they can answer your questions without a parent in the room.

You can also find information and support online. Below are some sites you can visit to get accurate information about ways to stay healthy.

Helpful Resources

These are independent companies that provide health information on behalf of Healthy Blue. These links lead to third party websites. These companies are solely responsible for the privacy policies and content on their sites.