Expecting a Baby? Review Our Maternity Checklist

Did you recently find out you’re pregnant? Congratulations! There are so many things to think about to prepare for the arrival of your little one. While you’re choosing baby names and setting up a nursery, it’s important to make the most of health insurance benefits and understand your maternity coverage.
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Here’s a handy maternity checklist of health and wellness activities to help guide you through your pregnancy:

First Trimester
□  Start taking a daily prenatal vitamin
□  Watch your weight gain. Work with your doctor to make sure you don’t gain too much or too little.
Follow your baby’s development with prenatal care
□  Explore your health insurance benefits that will help you through your pregnancy
□  Make a prenatal appointment with your OB/GYN
□  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
□  Talk to your partner about parenting
□  Select a doctor for your baby. Use our Provider Finder  tool for help

Second Trimester
□    Decide where you want to have your baby by using Provider Finder  to see what locations are in-network.
□    Join a prenatal exercise class
□    Keep tracking your weight gain
□    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 up your prenatal visits

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

We understand how important having a healthy baby is to you, so Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) 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 all group members. To learn if Special Beginnings is part of your health insurance plan, please call 1-888-421-7781.

We know it is important to have a smooth pregnancy, and we are here to help. If you have any questions about your pregnancy, you can call the Customer Service number on your ID card and ask specific questions about your health insurance benefits and maternity coverage.

Are you excited to welcome your little one? We bet you are! How are you preparing? Let us know in the comments!

* 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.