Before Your Pregnancy

You should start planning for a pregnancy even before you’re expecting. Planning ahead can lessen the chances of birth defects and other pregnancy-related problems. As a Tufts Health Plan member, you can get a checkup with your primary care provider (PCP) or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) once a year. During your appointment, your PCP or OB/GYN may:
 
  • 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 
 
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