Healthy Pregnancy

Getting early and regular prenatal care is one of the most important things you can do for the health of both you and your baby.

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Pregnancy Dos & Don’ts

Dos

  • DO aim for 8 ounces of protein per day (this can include the protein in dairy products).
  • DO plan to exercise 20 – 30 minutes 3 – 5 times a week. Try walking, swimming, low impact aerobics, treadmill, and the elliptical trainer. Check with your healthcare provider first. You can also sync your fitness device to your Health Tools account to automatically track progress against the goals you set with the Online Health Coach. Plus, your weight and exercise activities can help you earn up to $120 in wellness rewards*.
  • DO talk to your doctor about taking take a daily prenatal vitamin. Make sure it contains at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid, which is especially important in the first two months of pregnancy to decrease the risk for neural tube defects.
  • DO take advantage of My Pregnancy Assistant, which offers you tips and resources to support a healthy pregnancy from prenatal to postpartum. It will walk you through your pregnancy day by day.
  • DO drink 6+ glasses of liquids per day, preferably water.
  • DO discuss over-the-counter (OTC) medications with your provider and ask questions.
  • DO sign up for our Pregnancy Care Incentive Program. You can be eligible to earn a free Pregnancy Care Box packed with samples, coupons, and suggestions—and $75 in wellness rewards.

Don’ts

  • DON’T eat raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish or shellfish (including sushi or sashimi).
  • DON’T drink raw or unpasteurized milk or juice or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.
  • DON’T drink alcohol, to avoid the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects the baby’s brain and spinal cord.
  • DON’T smoke or take illegal drugs. Take care to avoid secondhand smoke too. Learn more about how our Tobacco Cessation Incentive Program can help support you as you quit smoking for good.
  • AVOID OTC herbs, excessive heat (saunas, hot tubs, over exercising), changing kitty litter or exposure to cat feces, i.e. gardening without gloves, or playing in sandboxes.
  • DON’T lie flat on your back for extended periods of time. This decreases the return of blood to the heart and can cause a drop in blood pressure and flow to the uterus. Lying on the left side is recommended.
  • DON’T stop any medication that has been prescribed for chronic use without talking to your doctor.

*You must be the contract holder or spouse, 18 or older, on your Plan to earn incentive rewards.

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