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Prenatal care: The right call for you and your baby

Member news | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Babies bring lots of firsts. First kicks. First steps. First words.

But before all that can happen, you'll need another first: your first prenatal checkup.

It's best to get in touch with your doctor as soon as you think you might be pregnant. That way your doctor can spot—and treat—any problems quickly. But even if you've waited, prenatal care is still important. Regular visits can help you have a healthier baby and safer pregnancy.

They're also a chance for you to:

  • Find out how to ease pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness or heartburn.
  • Ask questions about how to stay healthy.
  • Learn about your baby's due date and growth.
  • Get a peek at your baby during an ultrasound exam.
  • Get tips on coping with stress.
  • Learn how to stay safe at home and work.
  • Get help kicking habits such as smoking or drinking.

Don't be afraid to tell your doctor personal things, such as how you're feeling about your pregnancy or if you're having problems with your partner. Whatever you say is private. And your doctor is there to help you.

The cost of prenatal care is covered by SCFHP. And SCFHP rewards you for seeing your doctor every trimester. See the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program for more information. So go ahead and make the call—for your baby and for you.

Need a ride?

Fill out and submit a Request a Taxi form on the member portal at least three days before your scheduled medical appointment. We’ll call you to confirm. Or call SCFHP Customer Service at 1-800-260-2055, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sources: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; March of Dimes; Office on Women's Health