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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Maternity Care Program helps members have healthy pregnancies*. Whether it's your first pregnancy or fifth, we offer up-to-date information, and additional support in high-risk cases, to help you have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.  
Enroll in the Maternity Care Program online
Visit the MyHealth@Anthem Pregnancy & Baby Care website
 
Anthem members can receive preconception educational materials by emaling their name and address to healthy.solutions@anthem.com. (Members should include ID number for verification.)  
Anthem members also receive discounts on health-related products and services with SpecialOffers@Anthem, including:  
Save 15% at babystyle, the one-stop shop for all your maternity and baby needs.
Go to Barnes & Noble.com for recommended books at a discount
 
Pregnancy Risk Assessment
As an Anthem member, you can call (800) 723-7474 for a free pregnancy risk assessment. We will ask you a few questions when you call to help determine whether any health factors might put you at risk for pregnancy or delivery complications. The quick assessment helps flag risk factors such as:  
high blood pressure
diabetes
history of premature deliveries
carrying twins or triplets
recent surgery
 
If You Are At Risk
If you appear to be at risk for pregnancy or delivery complications, Anthem's Maternity Care Program nurses are here to help you through it. We have case managers experienced in obstetrics who can:  
let your doctor know about your potential risk.
provide you with risk-specific information.
work with you and your doctor to coordinate special services.
 
Caring For Uncomplicated Pregnancies
Early and regular prenatal care can increase your chances of having a healthy baby.1 That's why Anthem encourages you to see your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy. The following information is based on guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG also recommends human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, counseling and education for all pregnant women.  
The First Visit
At your first prenatal visit, usually during the first trimester, your doctor will likely:  
confirm your pregnancy.
take a detailed health history.
conduct a thorough physical exam that includes:
weight, blood pressure, urine check, blood test, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings, including HIV screening
estimate your due date
 
Timing of your subsequent visits depends on your needs, but they are generally scheduled:  
monthly to 28 weeks gestation.
every two weeks from weeks 28-32.
weekly from 36 weeks to delivery, which usually occurs about week 40.
 
Every Visit
At each prenatal visit, your doctor may:  
check your urine, weight, blood pressure and uterine height.
check the fetus' heartbeat, growth and position, when detectable.
ask questions about your diet and whether you're experiencing nausea or vomiting.
ask about alcohol or drug use, domestic violence, your support network, sexual relations and depression.
offer education about various issues such as: when and where to call if problems arise, bleeding, illness, signs of preterm labor, high blood pressure, exercise, lack of fetal movement and seat belt safety.
 
24 - 28 Weeks
Women at risk for Rh incompatibility, who show no antibodies in their blood, are given a dose of Rh-immune globulin at about 28 weeks; another dose is given within 72 hours of delivery if the baby is Rh positive.2  
28 - 32 Weeks
Blood test, urinalysis, cervical cancer and STD screenings may be repeated.  
32 - 36 Weeks
Your doctor may talk with you about:  
testing for Group B strep between 35 and 37 weeks.
preparing for delivery.
pain control options.
registering at the hospital.
attending prenatal classes.
choosing a pediatrician.
learning how to enroll your baby with your insurance carrier.
 
36 - 40 Weeks
Welcome to the home stretch. Your doctor will probably repeat, continue or follow-up on the issues discussed during weeks 32-36. If you are Rh negative and have not already received a dose of Rh-immune globulin, you might get the shot now.  
Your Post-delivery Checkup
Your doctor will probably want to see you about four to six weeks after your baby's birth. During the postpartum phase, your body adjusts rather quickly; many changes begin right after birth.3 Your doctor will want to see how you are healing. He or she may:  
check your weight and blood pressure.
check your breasts, vagina, cervix and uterus.
check your episiotomy or laceration repair, if any.
check your incision if you had a Cesarean section.
check your hemorrhoids or varicose veins, if you have any.
discuss when menstruation may return.
discuss resuming sex.
discuss your birth control options.
answer other questions.
 
Special Information
Anthem realizes that some members may need a little extra information. That's why we have special topics available such as:  
what to do before conception.
being a teen-age mother.
information for expectant fathers.
how to cope with miscarriage or loss of a baby.
 
 
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