Life changes when you become a mom. Maybe you’ll become a new mom through pregnancy. Or maybe you’ll become a mom by being a foster parent or through adoption. If your path to motherhood includes pregnancy, you might be wondering what surprises await you and how best to prepare for what’s ahead before your baby arrives. Here are some resources to help you through every stage of pregnancy, from prenatal care to postpartum support.
Breast pump coverage
Breastfeeding may be one of the many topics you’re thinking about as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. Let’s go over some of the basics of breastfeeding and explain coverage for breast pumps.
Prenatal support for you and your baby
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the care you receive while you’re pregnant. If you think you could be pregnant, schedule a doctor’s appointment for early prenatal care. It’s a good way to start on a path to a healthy pregnancy.
Preparing for a new baby
Expecting moms may feel both excitement and stress when preparing for baby’s arrival. That’s natural. And it’s why there are federal and state programs you can turn to. They may be able to help you get the support and supplies you need for your new baby.
A doula is a person who has a lot of knowledge and training related to birthing. They can help you access trusted information and understand your options to support pregnancy. Learn about the benefits of a doula, standards for doula care, how to find a doula and more.
What to expect at your prenatal appointments
Prenatal appointments typically start at 8 weeks. For most pregnancies, you’ll see your doctor every 4 weeks. Our video series can help you get an idea of what to expect at each appointment.
Pregnancy resources for members
If you’re a UnitedHealthcare member, you have access to resources and programs to help support a healthy pregnancy. To find out what your plan covers, sign in to your plan account.
Individual and employer members
Find resources to support you throughout your pregnancy and after you give birth. Watch maternity video courses to learn what to expect during each trimester, plus get tips on breastfeeding and more.
Wellhop for Mom & Baby
Community Plan members
In participating states, UHC Community Plan members can join the Wellhop for Mom & Baby program. Meet online with other expectant moms for group video conversations every other week.
Nutrition and exercise during pregnancy
During pregnancy, healthy choices can make a difference. Eating a balanced diet. Keeping up with a steady level of exercise. These are just a couple of ways to help support your baby’s growth and development.
High-risk pregnancy care
A high-risk pregnancy means you and/or baby are at risk of complications. Understand the risk factors and learn ways to manage a high-risk pregnancy. Plus, find out what to expect if your baby needs to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Pregnancy quiz: Test your healthy pregnancy knowledge
Take a healthy pregnancy quiz. It’s a quick way to check out what you already know about pregnancy and pick up some new healthy pregnancy tips too.
Welcoming baby and beyond
After you’ve given birth, you’ll enter the postpartum period (also called the fourth trimester). Many changes happen during this time for you and your newborn. Get familiar with common postpartum concerns and conditions, including postpartum depression.
A new baby brings all kinds of emotions. It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious or experience the “baby blues.” But when these feelings become constant or overwhelming, it may be time to seek help. Learn the signs to watch for and how to get support.