From prenatal to postpartum, your benefits are designed to support you through each stage of your pregnancy.
Your pregnancy to-do list
Follow this helpful list to promote good health and prepare for the arrival of your baby.
- As soon as you think you're pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment with an OB GYN or midwife practitioner.
- If you haven't already, take your Blue Health Assessment, to earn rewards as you receive a simple action plan for a healthier you*.
- Revisit this page to learn about maternity benefits and resources.
- Call the Nurse Line at 1-888-258-3432 with questions about healthy pregnancy habits.
- Create a "baby budget" to start saving now for new expenses.
- Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin and review your medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) products, for safety during your pregnancy.
- Schedule your upcoming prenatal appointments, screenings and ultrasounds in advance. Talk to your provider about the kinds of screening (blood testing as well as imaging) that are considered routine in all pregnancies and those that may be more specific based on family and personal history.
- Enroll in our Pregnancy Care Incentive Program**. You could be eligible to earn a free Pregnancy Care Box packed with samples, coupons, and suggestions - and $75 in wellness rewards.
- If you smoke or use tobacco, consider quitting. Learn more about our tobacco cessation benefits*** to help you quit for good.
- Create your baby registry.
- Prepare your birth plan.
- Write or update your will, including plans for your child’s inheritance and guardianship.
- Consider purchasing life insurance or increasing your coverage.
- Talk to your employer about maternity leave benefits.
- Begin researching childcare options.
- Get educated. Consider taking infant CPR, childbirth education, newborn care, and/or breastfeeding classes. Your maternity benefits cover breastfeeding education provided by certain healthcare providers. Review your benefits for more information.
- Pre-register at the hospital where you will be delivering.
- Take a tour of the hospital’s maternity ward.
- Pack your hospital bag.
- If you plan to breastfeed, order a breast pump. Service Benefit Plan members who are pregnant and/or nursing are eligible to receive one breast pump kit and milk storage bags per calendar year at no cost to you by calling 1-800-411-BLUE (2583). Review your benefits for more information.
- Buy nursing bras, tanks and breast pads.
- Get the infant car seat installed and inspected at your local fire department.
- Interview and select a pediatrician since your baby will need to be checked immediately after birth. From breastfeeding to sleep, ask them their philosophies about child rearing to determine if their recommendations are a good fit for your family. Discuss office fees and hours, on-call policies, typical length of appointments, and staff structure.