Women's Health

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

As a member of 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.

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 – 74 should have a regular mammogram to help detect breast cancer early. Your PCP can tell you how often you should have Pap tests and mammograms based on your health and your family history. 

Pregnancy

Learn what to expect before, during and after a pregnancy.

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, and increase the chances of you having a healthy pregnancy and delivery. 

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 tuberculosis, HIV, rubella and sexually transmitted infections
  • Ask about immunizations
  • Do a Pap test 
  • Ask about domestic violence
  • Ask about alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Give you ideas about how to improve your health and safety, like using seat belts, getting exercise, quitting smoking and improving your diet
  • Talk with you about the importance of taking folic acid daily before you become pregnant 
  • Talk with you about prenatal vitamins

During Your Pregnancy

Let us know when you’re pregnant so that we can help you take advantage of special benefits for members who are pregnant or who have recently had a baby. As a Tufts Health Together member, you get many covered benefits while you're pregnant, such as a free breast pump, breastfeeding, maternity care and midwife services.
 

If you haven't already, you need to choose the provider 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 find a provider online or call us at 888.257.1985 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we can help you find a provider.
 

After you choose your pregnancy care provider, make sure to keep all of your scheduled appointments, even if you feel fine. Your provider can monitor your and your baby’s progress, address pregnancy-related health issues and answer any questions you have.
 

Important tips during pregnancy

Here are some of the things you can do to help keep yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy:
 

  • Eat healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables 
  • Avoid potentially harmful foods, like undercooked meat and unpasteurized dairy products
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol and soda, and cut down on caffeine
  • Take steps to reduce your stress. Talk with your provider if you need help managing stress.

To learn more about having a healthy pregnancy, see our Online Health Guide.
 

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Prenatal WIC Visit

 

You can get a $25 gift card after your second visit to a Women, Infants & Children (WIC) office during your pregnancy.


How to get your $25 gift card:

 
  • Print an EXTRAS Reward Form
  • Visit your WIC office and have a staff member fill out and sign the form at each of your visits
  • Keep a copy of the form for yourself
  • Mail the completed form to:    

Tufts Health Plan
Attn: Claims Department
P.O. Box 9194
Watertown, MA 02471-9194


Please note:

  • You must be a Tufts Health Together member when you visit WIC and when we process your order.
  • You should get your gift card in six to eight weeks.

After Giving Birth

Remember to make an after-delivery (postpartum) appointment as soon after giving birth as possible. The days and weeks after birth are important ones for you and your baby.

Postpartum care

At a postpartum visit, your primary care provider (PCP) and/or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) can give you advice to help you feel better after delivery and more confident about caring for your new baby. Your provider(s) may suggest that you:

  • Get lots of rest and be flexible with your sleeping and eating routines while you and your baby adjust
  • Ease your body's soreness and discomfort with medications and cold/warm compresses
  • Pay attention to your emotional health and learn the signs of postpartum depression
  • Make sure your baby gets all recommended immunizations before his or her second birthday

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be good for both you and your baby because it may:

  • Help you bond with your baby
  • Boost the baby’s immune system
  • Reduce the baby’s risk of dental decay, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), allergies, serious diarrhea and ear and respiratory infections
  • Save you as much as $100 per month in formula costs
  • Reduce 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. It also makes it easier to take care of your children. When you decide the time is right to have another baby, talk to your PCP. Your PCP can give you a checkup and make sure you are healthy.


Mom Checkup

Rewards for Pregnant Women and New Moms

If you are having or just had a baby, you can get:

  • A pregnancy calendar to help you keep track of your child’s development and remind you to make appointments with your doctor
  • A $25 gift card for seeing your OB/GYN, primary care provider (PCP) or other pregnancy care provider for a checkup 21 to 56 days after delivery
  • A breast pump (one per lifetime)

How to get your $25 gift card:

  • Print an EXTRAS Reward Form
  • Make sure you have an appointment with your PCP, OB/GYN or other pregnancy care provider between 21 and 56 days after having your baby
  • Have your PCP, OB/GYN or other pregnancy care provider sign the form
  • Keep a copy of the form for yourself
  • Mail the completed form to: 
Tufts Health Plan
Attn: Claims Department
P.O. Box 9194
Watertown, MA 02471-9194

Please note:

•    You must be a Tufts Health Together member at the time of the visit and when we process your order.
•    You should get your gift card in six to eight weeks.
 

How to get a breast pump or a pregnancy calendar

Call us at 888.257.1985 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get a breast pump after your 28th week of pregnancy or after you have your baby. Calendars should arrive in four to six weeks.