Women's Health

Get to know your primary care provider (PCP) or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN)

As a Tufts Health RITogether member, 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.

Important screenings

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 to 74 should have a regular mammogram. Ask your PCP how often you should have a mammogram.

Prenatal WIC Visits

Call us when you are pregnant. You can get a $25 supermarket gift card when you visit Women, Infants & Children (WIC) twice while you are pregnant.

Pregnancy

What to expect:


Before Your Pregnancy

Before Your Pregnancy

It's a good idea to plan for a pregnancy. Planning can cut the odds of birth defects and other problems.

Tell your primary care provider (PCP) or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) that you would like to get pregnant when you have your yearly checkup. Your provider can help you plan. They may:

  • Ask about your family and medical history
  • Check for health issues that can affect your pregnancy or child
  • Ask about the vaccines you have had 
  • Do a Pap test
  • Ask about domestic violence
  • Ask about your use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Give you tips to help you improve your health and safety. Your provider may suggest that you wear seat belts, get more exercise, quit smoking or eat healthier foods. 
  • Talk with you about taking folic acid daily before you are pregnant
  • Talk with you about taking prenatal vitamins
During Your Pregnancy

During Your Pregnancy

Let us know when you’re pregnant. You can get many benefits while you're pregnant or just had a baby, such as a breast pump, breastfeeding services, maternity care and midwife services.

Pregnant members who attend two prenatal visits can get a $25 supermarket gift card. You can put the gift card toward the purchase of a child’s car seat.

Who will deliver your baby?

Choose this provider 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, family doctor or midwife who provides prenatal care.

You can find a provider online. You can also call us at 866.738.4116 (TTY: 711). We’re open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We can help you find a doctor.

After you choose your pregnancy care provider, keep all of your appointments, even if you feel fine. Be sure to ask questions.

Important tips

How to stay healthy during pregnancy:

  • Eat healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid foods that may harm you or your baby. For instance, avoid meat that is not fully cooked and unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Drink lots of fluids 
  • Avoid alcohol and soda, and cut down on caffeine
  • Ask for help from family, friends or your provider to ease your stress

You can learn more about having a healthy pregnancy through our Online Health Guide.

Text4baby

Learn as you and your baby grow with text4baby. Sign up for three text messages a week. Texts are timed to your due date or your baby's birth date. Signing up is fast and easy. Text BABY to 511411.

After Giving Birth

After Giving Birth

Congratulations on having your baby! Did you know you can get:

  • A $25 supermarket gift card. To earn your gift card, have two (2) postpartum visits 21 to 56 days after you have your baby. Learn how to claim your gift card.
  • A breast pump (one per pregnancy)
  • An appointment with a visiting nurse. This nurse will come to your home to answer your questions.

How to get your breast pump:

​Call us after your 28th week of pregnancy or after you have your baby.

You can call us at 866.738.4116 (TTY: 711). We’re open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.