Get to know your primary care provider (PCP) or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN)
As a Tufts Health Plan, you can get an OB/GYN checkup once a year. Your PCP can provide this checkup, or you can choose to see an OB/GYN. Your yearly checkup is a good time to ask any questions and learn more about your health.
Cervical cancer can often be cured when it’s found early. Fortunately, it can usually be found at a very early stage through regular Pap tests. Women ages 40 – 74 should have a regular mammogram. Ask your PCP how often you should have a mammogram.
Learn what to expect before, during, and after a pregnancy.
- Ask about your family and medical history
- Check for TB (tuberculosis), HIV, rubella, immunizations, and sexually transmitted infections, and do a Pap test
- Ask about domestic violence
- Ask about alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Give you ideas on how to improve your health and safety, like using seat belts, getting exercise, quitting smoking, and improving your diet
- Talk to you about taking prenatal vitamins, including folic acid
If you haven't already, you also need to choose the doctor who will deliver your baby. Choose this doctor as soon as possible so that he or she can take care of you and your baby during your pregnancy. You can choose any Tufts Health Plan obstetrician/gynecologist or family doctor who provides prenatal care. You can find a doctor online or call us at 888.257.1985 (TTY: 888-391-5535), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we can help you find a doctor.
After you choose your pregnancy care doctor, make sure to keep all of your scheduled appointments, even if you feel fine. Be sure to ask questions during your pregnancy.
Important tips during pregnancy
There are many things you should do during pregnancy to keep yourself healthy, such as:
- Eat healthy foods like vegetables and dried fruits; avoid potentially harmful foods like undercooked meat and unpasteurized dairy products
- Drink lots of fluids, avoid sodas, and cut down on caffeine
- Ask for help from family, friends, or a health care professional to reduce your stress
- To learn more about having a healthy pregnancy, see our Online Health Guide.
After you have your baby, be sure to remember your after-delivery (postpartum) appointment. Make the appointment as soon after giving birth as possible. The days and weeks after birth are important ones for the health of you and your baby.
Talking with your primary care provider (PCP) and/or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) at a postpartum visit is important. Your provider(s) may suggest things such as:
- Getting lots of rest and being flexible with your sleeping and eating routines while you and your baby adjust
- Easing your body's soreness and discomfort with medications and cold/warm compresses
- Being aware of your emotional health and knowing the signs of postpartum depression
Breastfeeding can be good for both you and your baby because it:
- Helps you bond with your baby
- Boosts the baby’s immune system
- Reduces the baby’s risk of dental decay, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), allergies, serious diarrhea, and ear and respiratory infections
- May save you as much as $100 per month in formula costs
- Reduces your risk of breast cancer
Thinking about another child?
Waiting at least two years between pregnancies is good for your health, and your baby’s. Make sure your new baby gets all of their immunizations before their second birthday. Waiting at least two years also makes taking care of your children easier. When you decide the time is right to have another baby, talk to your PCP. Your PCP can make sure you are healthy by doing a physical.