If you’re planning a family, try to see your doctor before you get pregnant. If you’re already pregnant or even think you might be, take these simple steps:
See your doctor early — this can help keep both of you healthy.
Keep all your appointments. Make it a goal to not miss even one.
Take on healthy habits. Like eating healthy meals and getting enough exercise. Also, aim for 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.
Don’t use tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. If you’re using these substances, tell your doctor right away. You’re not alone, and they can help.
Tell your doctor about any prescription medications you take — you may need to stop while you’re pregnant.
Learn about childbirth classes to help with your pregnancy and delivery. They’re free. Just ask your doctor how to sign up.
Ask your doctor if you need a lead test. Older houses and other sources can expose you to lead. And high lead levels can harm your baby.
Is any parent ever prepared enough for a new baby? If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. We can help you stay healthy through your pregnancy and get the care you need.
Our team can help you:
Learn more about your pregnancy
Make a care plan that’s right for you
Get services and care
Work with health care providers, agencies and organizations
Get services after hours in a crisis
Arrange services for children with special health care needs
Care management can help make your life easier. Just call Member Services at 1-866-827-2710 (TTY: 711). Then, ask to speak with a care manager.
The PROMISE Program is all about maternity care. It’s a benefit you can enjoy before and after your baby is born. Why take part? You’ll get support throughout your pregnancy. And earn rewards, too.
With the PROMISE Program, you can earn:
A $10 gift card: Go to at least 7 prenatal visits with your doctor.
A $25 gift card: Go to your postpartum visit within 7 to 84 days after your baby is born.
A $5 gift card: Take a birthing class, a parenting class, and a first aid, safety or CPR class (up to $15 total for 3 classes).
Sometimes, babies are born early, even with pregnancy care. You can still earn:
A $5 gift card: Meet with your care manager and take a parenting class.
A $5 gift card: Take a CPR class and attend all training at the hospital before your baby’s discharge (release from the hospital).
A $5 gift card: Take a parenting class.
WIC is a national nutrition program that aims to protect the health of women, infants and children. You can find WIC programs in:
County health departments
Hospitals and clinics
Other places in your area
The Maryland WIC program provides these services at no cost:
Help with breastfeeding questions
Referrals to agencies
Healthy food, like fruits and vegetables
Healthy eating tips
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