Expecting a Baby? Check out our maternity checklist

Preparing for the arrival of a little one? Congratulations! You probably have a lot on your mind, but in between choosing baby names and setting up a nursery, don’t forget to make the most of your health insurance benefits and understand your maternity coverage.

healthy pregnancyHere’s a handy maternity checklist of health and wellness activities to help guide you through your pregnancy:

First Trimester
□    Make a prenatal appointment with your OB/GYN
□    Start taking a daily prenatal vitamin
□    Explore your health insurance benefits that will help you through your pregnancy
□    Check with your doctor to make sure any medicine you’re currently taking is safe for your baby
□    Stop smoking and drinking
□    Lower your caffeine intake
□    Avoid hazardous foods
□    Limit your activities to those that are pregnancy-safe
□    Learn to detect signs of problems
□    Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day (48 to 64 fluid ounces) plus an additional 8 ounces for each hour of light activity
□    Follow your baby’s development with prenatal care
□    Talk to your partner about parenting
□    Select a doctor for your baby. Use our Provider Finder tool for help
□    Watch your weight gain. Work with your doctor to make sure you don’t gain too much or too little.

 Second Trimester
□    Join a prenatal exercise class
□    Look into child-birthing classes
□    Have your teeth cleaned because pregnancy causes hormone changes that put you at risk for gum disease  and for tender gums that bleed easily, called pregnancy gingivitis
□    Stretch often
□    Keep tracking your weight gain
□    Keep up your prenatal visits
□    Decide where you want to have your baby by using Provider Finder  to see what locations are in-network.

Third Trimester
□    Start sleeping on your side
□    Wrap up your prenatal visits
□    Create a safe nursery
□    Search for child care
□    Choose your baby’s formula and/or prepare for breastfeeding.  We may offer breast pump coverage depending on your health plan
□    Take birthing classes
□    Create a birth plan
□    Be on watch for late pregnancy complications
□    Install a car seat according to seat guidelines

We understand how important having a healthy baby is to you, so Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) offers the confidential Special Beginnings * maternity program. It will help you through your pregnancy with educational materials and support. You can learn things like how to notice pregnancy risks.  We’ll stay in touch to help you monitor your pregnancy and give you access to online tools. Assistance is available to you from early pregnancy through six weeks after delivery. Please note that Special Beginnings is not available to HMO plans or some group members. To learn if Special Beginnings is part of your health insurance plan, please call 1-888-421-7781.

Looking for a complete overview? Download the Special Beginnings brochure in English  or Spanish.

A smooth pregnancy is important and we’re here to help. If you have any questions about your pregnancy, call the Customer Service number on your ID card to ask specific questions about your health insurance benefits and maternity coverage.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are under the care of a doctor and receive advice contrary to the information contained on this website, follow the doctor's advice. See your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms or health problems.

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