Make way for baby

GEHA | July 9, 2020

health and wellness maternity pregnancy women's health
Once you find out you're pregnant, it's time to schedule a prenatal visit with your health care provider.

Congratulations! You’re expanding your family.

Once you know you’re pregnant – or even if you think you might be – it’s time to visit your doctor to receive prenatal care. It's especially vital for you to see your doctor in the first trimester of your pregnancy.

Why is prenatal care important?

Babies of mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight. Your physician can spot any health problems early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Even if you’ve already given birth, each pregnancy is different and requires prenatal care.

What can I expect during my first visit?

Generally, your first prenatal visit may take a bit longer than later ones. Be sure to ask questions and talk about issues on your mind. Find out all you can about how to stay healthy.

You can expect your doctor to:

  • Ask about your health history, including diseases, operations or prior pregnancies
  • Ask about your health history
  • Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test
  • Collect your blood and urine for lab work
  • Check your blood pressure, height and weight
  • Calculate your due date
  • Answer your questions

Most later prenatal visits will include:

  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Measuring your weight gain
  • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby’s growth
  • Checking your baby’s heart rate

GEHA is here to help

All GEHA medical plans offer rewards for scheduling a visit during your first trimester.

We offer a free maternity resource packet filled with information about pregnancy, prenatal care and your maternity benefits. Get yours today.

Please direct any questions you have about COVID-19 to your physician.


Sources:
“Prenatal care.” Womenshealth.gov, Office on Women’s Health, 01 April, 2019.
“During Pregnancy.” cdc.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 February, 2020.