Pregnancy & Sexual Health
Follow these general health tips and get regular check-ups with your doctors. If you have high risk factors cancer, heart disease, or other health conditions, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
To prevent pregnancy and infections, always use a condom if you are having sex. This should be used in addition to primary method of birth control (e.g., "the pill" or injections, etc).
Whether you’re pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about things you can do to keep healthy, and to have a healthy baby. These include a healthy diet and regular exercise.
- If you are within the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy you may be eligible to enroll in our prenatal program.
- If you have had your baby 3-8 weeks ago you may be eligible to enroll in our postpartum program.
Stop smoking if you know you are pregnant. Also, don’t drink alcohol or use drugs. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use while pregnant can seriously hurt your baby. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines. Some prescribed medicines can also hurt your baby. Usually there are other medicines your doctor can use, just while you are pregnant, to treat your condition, and that are safe for your baby.
Your body will need certain extra vitamins and nutrients during your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about changes you might want to make to your diet while you are pregnant.
Prenatal & Postpartum Care Program
Our program gives Target gift cards to Medi-Cal members who visit their provider early in their pregnancy and soon after giving birth.
- A $50 Target gift card if you visit your provider within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- A $50 Target gift card if you visit your provider between 3 and 8 weeks after having your baby.
Once we get your Prenatal & Postpartum Care Program enrollment form, we will call you at the phone number you entered. If you are eligible for the program we will mail you a form for your provider to fill out at your next appointment. Fax completed forms to 650-829-2073 or mail the form back to HPSM in the postage paid envelope.
If you have any questions, please call 650-616-2165.
Avoid having sex with multiple partners. Multiple partners greatly increase your risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Ask your partner about past exposures to STIs. If your partner had a recent exposure to STIs, avoid having sex with this person.