Welcome to the Healthy Pregnancy Jump-Start Program. This program provides information on self-care and preventive care for Exclusive Care members who are planning for pregnancy or who may already be pregnant. The materials are designed to complement the care you receive from your doctor by increasing your understanding and management of your pregnancy, as well as provide you with tools to help you monitor your pregnancy care.
Please note: This information is provided to you for educational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. Before changing any lifestyle activities, please discuss any health improvement activities or concerns that you may have with your doctor.
The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office
Medical homes are the foundation for patient-centered care and are responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office is conveniently located near downtown Riverside at the site of the Don Schroeder Family Clinic and the Rubidoux Pharmacy. The Center offers a convenient way for Exclusive Care members to receive all recommended preventative services, including nutrition and fitness consultations, at one site with no cost to members. You may access this service regardless of your PCP assignment. Same day appointments are available.
For the best possible utilization of your prescriptions, contact the Pharmacist for a consultation. Save time and money by taking advantage of the Pharmacy’s mail order program – members receive 3 months of medications for the cost of 2 months copay. There are no copays for diabetes medications and supplies, or hypertension and cholesterol medications. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card is accepted.
My Life Check - Life's Simple 7
My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life.
Your Checkup before Pregnancy
A preconception checkup helps your health care provider make sure that your body is ready for pregnancy. If you can, get your checkup from the health care provider you want to take care of you during pregnancy. You can get a preconception checkup any time – even up to a year before you want to get pregnant.
Planning Your Pregnancy
Planning your pregnancy can help you have a healthy baby. Babies who are planned are more likely to be born healthy than babies who aren’t planned. If you’re planning to have a baby, you’re more likely to get healthy before you get pregnant and to get early and regular prenatal care during pregnancy.
Getting Ready for Pregnancy: Preconception Health
Preconception health is your health before pregnancy. Being healthy before pregnancy can help improve your chances of getting pregnant. It also can help prevent pregnancy complications when you do get pregnant. Good preconception health includes getting a preconception checkup and talking to your health care provider about health conditions that can affect your pregnancy. It also includes taking folic acid to help prevent birth defects and making changes in your life that may affect the health of your baby when you do get pregnant.
Being Overweight during Pregnancy
Being overweight during pregnancy can cause complications for you and your baby. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have pregnancy complications. But there are things you can do before and during pregnancy to help you have a healthy baby.
You and your baby may need time and practice to get comfortable breastfeeding. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may just need a little extra support to get started.
Caring For Your Family in a Disaster
If you’re pregnant or have a baby to care for, being prepared for a disaster can help you keep everyone safe and healthy.
Planning for Pregnancy
If you are trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it is not too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. For some women, getting their body ready for pregnancy takes a few months. For other women, it might take longer. Whether this is your first, second, or sixth baby, the following are important steps to help you get ready for the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have sometime in the future.
Tools & Resources
Fill out the form to find out when you're ovulating. Then click on any date to edit your calendar or add notes. Sign in or sign up to save your calendar and get alerts.
Due Date Calculator
This interactive Due Date Calculator will help you estimate the date your baby will arrive. Pregnancy usually lasts 280 days (40 weeks) from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period. This calculator is a general guide: every pregnancy is unique, and sometimes babies arrive sooner or later than expected. Always talk to your health care provider about your due date.