The Importance of Prenatal Care


When you’re pregnant, it’s important to get the right kind of medical attention before you give birth. Some health issues and challenges are unique to pregnancy. Regular visits to your doctor before you give birth can help to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. And that can help you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy. 

What is prenatal care?

These visits to see your doctor before you give birth are known as “prenatal care.” Typically, these visits are to an OB-GYN, a kind of doctor who specializes in pregnancy and related issues. The goal of prenatal care is to keep you and your baby healthy through to the day you give birth.

Rewards for getting timely prenatal care

Virginia Premier rewards its members for getting timely prenatal care, because we know how important it is. (“Timely” means early on in your pregnancy.)

If you’re a Virginia Premier member and you have your first prenatal appointment with your OB-GYN in your first trimester (or within six weeks (42 days) of enrolling with us), we’ll give you a $20 gift card.

Rewards like this, which are included in our Healthy Heartbeats program, are some of the ways we work together to keep you and your baby healthy.

Finding an OB-GYN

If you don’t already have an OB-GYN, don’t worry. It’s easy to find one in our network. Just click here to use our provider search tool and select an OB-GYN in your area.

What to expect when you see your OB-GYN

Your first visit with your OB-GYN will be a lot like a basic physical exam. Your doctor will check to see if you’re healthy and how you’re managing any health conditions.

They’ll probably also test or screen you for things that could cause complications to your pregnancy. Some complications can affect whether your baby develops normally, or can put you at risk during your pregnancy.

Your OB-GYN will check your blood pressure, check to see if you’re getting enough folic acid, and check on all the other things that you and your baby need to keep healthy. After that first visit, you’ll have follow-up visits with your OB-GYN so they can see how you’re both progressing.

That way, if there are any problems, you and your OB-GYN will be able to spot them quickly, track them, and decide on the best course of action.

Learn more

If you’re pregnant, be sure to get in touch with your OB-GYN right away, and follow up with them regularly. If you’d like to learn more about prenatal care or the reward we offer for getting prenatal care, you can call us at 1-800-727-7536 (TTY: 711) and ask to speak with your Medical Outreach Representative.
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