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Pregnancy and women’s health

At Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., we understand that deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Whatever you choose, we’re here to help you stay healthy.

Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools and helpful resources and apps to stay healthy at every stage of your life.

If you’re pregnant, take these important steps:

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your OB provider.

Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) and we can help you find one near you.

Step 2: Complete an OB health screener.

This screener will help us customize the care and support we provide you throughout your pregnancy. Call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) to complete our OB health screener.

Step 3: Call to learn more about our Taking Care of Baby and Me® program and to get connected to an OB Case Manager.

Call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) to learn more.

Step 4: Take care of you.

Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

There are several important steps you can take to stay healthy and strong throughout your life:

  • Going to your primary care provider and dentist regularly
  • Keeping vaccines up to date
  • Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Planning for or preventing an unwanted pregnancy
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Learn more about women’s reproductive health at www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth.

Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Smokefree Women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

If you’re thinking about having a baby, there are steps you can take to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy. These steps will help you have a healthy baby, too!

Before you become pregnant, talk with your primary care provider about:

  • Planning to start a family
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Taking medications safely
  • Taking folic acid
  • Making sure your vaccines are up to date
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

Preconception health and health care
Show your love! Steps to a healthier me and baby-to-be
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Show your love! Preconception health care app iTunes Android
Smokefree Women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you. There are many things you can do to make sure you and your baby stay strong and healthy.

Once you find out you’re pregnant, what are your next steps?

Schedule an appointment with your OB provider.
Prenatal care is very important for you and your baby. Your provider will ask you questions about your health, do a physical exam, tell you your baby’s due date and give you the information you and your baby need to stay healthy.

Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) and we can help you find a provider near you.

Take care of you.
Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

Complete an OB health screener.
This screener helps us make sure we’re helping you get the care and support you need throughout your pregnancy. Call 1-800-600-4441 to complete our OB health screener.

Chat with your OB Case Manager.
Call us to learn about our Taking Care of Baby and Me® program. We can help you find resources to help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) to learn more.

Healthy rewards

You may be eligible to earn rewards for attending your prenatal and postpartum appointments through our Healthy Rewards program. To enroll, visit www.myamerigroup.com/HealthyRewards or call 1-877-868-2004 (TTY 711).

MyAdvocate

Getting the support you need throughout your pregnancy can help you feel better and embrace the journey. MaryBeth with My Advocate™ shares helpful tips and advice before and after your baby is born and will make it easier to connect with your case manager.

You get these helpful tips and advice by phone or text. Enroll in My Advocate and take an OB health screener that will help us customize your care today!

Prenatal packet

As an Amerigroup Iowa, Inc. member, you’ll receive a prenatal packet containing more information about prenatal care, pregnancy benefits and incentive programs. To learn more or request a packet, call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711). Packets may include:

  • Taking Care of Baby and Me® flier
  • Healthy You, Healthy Baby booklet
  • Having a Healthy Baby brochure
  • My Advocate flier
  • Zika member flier

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful Resources

March of Dimes
Text 4Baby
Smokefree Women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

You may be eligible for WIC benefits. Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Congratulations! Being a new mother is an exciting time, but motherhood can bring some challenges you might not have expected. You may have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy.

Besides talking with your provider, there are many resources available to help keep you healthy, both physically and emotionally. There are also many resources to help you make sure your baby is safe, happy and healthy.

Postpartum packet

As an Amerigroup Iowa, Inc. member, you’ll receive a postpartum packet containing more information about postpartum care, benefits for you and your baby and incentive programs. To learn more or request a packet, call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711). Packets may include:

  • Nurture booklet
  • Baby and Me Postpartum flier
  • Baby blues and postpartum depression brochure
  • Making a family life plan brochure

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Helpful Resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) to speak with a case manager.

If you have not already enrolled in WIC, visit the WIC website to learn more or call 1-800-863-8942. WIC can assist you with breastfeeding support.

For more information or support with breastfeeding:

  • Visit La Leche or call the La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-877-452-5324.
  • Visit Infant Risk Center or call 1-806-352-2519 for questions about breastfeeding and medications.

For more information on postpartum depression, talk to your primary care provider. You can also contact Postpartum Support International (PSI) at 1-800-944-4PPD (4773).

If your baby was born sick or premature and has been admitted to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), you may be having a difficult time coping. We believe that the more you know, the better you will be able to care for your infant. We are here to help you feel more at ease with your baby’s stay in the NICU.

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Helpful resources

Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) to speak with a case manager.

The MyPreemie app provides support to parents and families with preemies. iTunes Google Play

Graham’s Foundation provides support, advocacy and research for preemies and their families.

There are many things you can do to support your partner during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to seek early and regular prenatal care, and attend appointments and birthing classes with her. Encourage your partner to take other important steps such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, staying active and eating healthy and finding ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.

During this exciting time, it’s also important for you to take care of yourself. As you encourage your partner to take important steps to stay healthy, take these steps with her:

  • Visit your primary care provider
  • Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Stay active – spend time walking or exercising with your partner
  • Eat healthy
  • Find ways to reduce your stress – reach out to friends and family who are parents and can provide you with support and advice

This is an exciting time for you. Your role as a parent is very important to the health and development of your baby and you may have a lot of questions about caring for your newborn. Amerigroup Iowa, Inc. is here for you. You can find helpful information on getting and staying healthy and preparing for parenthood below.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

BabyCenter: Childbirth cheat sheet
March of Dimes: Information for new dads
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Smokefree.gov

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Losing a baby is a very painful experience. If you are dealing with the loss of your baby, it is important to have a circle of support. Below are some resources you might find helpful.

CJ First Candle — Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss
Call 1-800-221-7437. Grief counselors are on hand at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National SHARE — Pregnancy and infant loss support
Call 1-800-821-6819.

MISS Foundation — Support and resources after the death of a child
Call 1-888-455-6477.

You may have questions about sex, relationships, body changes, birth control or other topics. Getting regular check-ups gives you a chance to ask your primary care provider these questions and talk about any other concerns. Ask your primary care provider if they can answer your questions without a parent in the room.

You can also find information and support online. Below are some sites you can visit to get accurate information about ways to stay healthy.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Helpful resources

What is teen health?
Take charge of your health: A guide for teens
BAM! Body and Mind
Get important health information especially for teens.
Am I in a healthy relationship?
Learn more about reproductive health for teens.
Explore birth control methods and get birth control and appointment reminders at Bedsider.org.
Everything you wanted to know about IUDs and the implant at WhoopsProof.
Learn more about unintended pregnancy prevention.
Learn more about quitting smoking at teen.smokefree.gov.

Pregnancy and childbirth apps

Pregnancy Womens Health - Baby Center Col1

Baby Center

Track your pregnancy and count down to baby’s arrival.

Pregnancy Womens Health - CDC Show Your Love Col1

CDC Show Your Love

Plan and prepare for pregnancy with health tips from the CDC.

Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes Col1

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.

Pregnancy Womens Health - My Preemie Col1

My Preemie

Get information and advice to help you care for a premature baby.

Interactive tools

Health Topics IT - From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months Col1

From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months

Watch how your baby grows and changes month by month inside the womb. 

My Advocate

Maternal health education by phone, text or app.

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Healthy Rewards

Earn rewards for certain health checkups or screenings.

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Community Resource Link

Get help finding food, jobs, housing and other things you may need.

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Infant Safe Haven

Learn about safe-haven laws in your state and what to do if you can’t care for your newborn.

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