For you and your baby

GEHA | July 6, 2021

pregnancy women's health
Prenatal care is important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

Prenatal care is the health care you receive during your pregnancy. Early and regular prenatal visits are important for the health of you and your baby.

As soon as you know or suspect you may be pregnant, schedule a visit with your health care provider. Over the next nine months, these regular visits will usually include a physical exam and weight checks.

Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, your doctor may also do blood tests and imaging tests, such as ultrasound exams. In addition to medical care, prenatal care includes education on pregnancy and childbirth, plus counseling and support.

During your first trimester, your prenatal appointments will be scheduled about every four weeks. Visits during your second trimester will be every two weeks, then every week during your third trimester.

Frequent visits to your doctor allow you to follow the progress of your baby's development and can help prevent complications. Visits also give you the opportunity to ask questions. Most health care providers welcome your partner at each visit, as well as interested family members.

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.

 


Sources:
“What is prenatal care and why is it important?” nichd.nih.gov, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 31 January, 2017.
“During pregnancy.” cdc.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 March, 2021.
“Your first prenatal doctor’s visit.” webmd.com, WebMD, 24 October, 2020.