Pregnant or have a newborn? Chances are you’re on the shopping spree of your life. From diapers to nursing supplies to maternity wear, your credit card is getting a workout. But, before you swipe one more time, we’re letting you in on a little secret: many resources and products for new and expectant moms may be covered by your health insurance. Read on for five surprising things you might not know are taken care of by your insurance plan.

1. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies

Motif Medical offers a trio of breast pumps in varying designs that accommodate a variety of mothers’ needs at work and on-the-go. The Luna, their most powerful pump, features a quiet motor and helps pump more milk in less time. The Duo or “savvy traveler” is a lightweight pump that fits in one hand and conveniently slips into any bag. And, the Twist is their “affordable portable” breast pump that’s sturdy, economical and features a portable power option for a simple pumping experience while out and about. All three streamline the pumping process to make it easier for moms to manage breastfeeding.

In addition to breast pumps, Motif Medical also offers breastfeeding supplies including a stylish backpack or tote bag, replacement supplies, milk storage and nursing pads. Check your insurance to see exactly what they cover.

2. Prenatal Vitamins

It’s important to take prenatal vitamins both before and after baby is born (if you are nursing) to ensure you and your growing baby are getting the sufficient amounts of minerals and vitamins you need for optimum health. Many insurance plans cover prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplements and/or you can pay for them by taking advantage of your tax-free flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Be sure to check your coverage to see if your vitamins and supplements are eligible.

3. Compression Garments

Motif Medical literally supports expecting mothers and new moms with their comfortable collection of compression garments. Compression garments are FDA-listed medical devices that in addition to helping speed up recovery, also shape and firm your postpartum belly, hips, waist, pelvis, and lower back. Compression garments also provide comfort during pregnancy as well.

Motif Medical offers three types of compression garments:

Their breathable and discreet Pregnancy Support Band provides relief and support during everyday activities during 3-9 months of pregnancy by relieving pregnancy-related pressure from the abdomen, hips, and lower back to reinforce the body’s core.

Postpartum, Motif has new moms covered as well, with their Natural Birth Recovery Garment and their C-Section Recovery Garment. Both are designed by healthcare professionals to aid in healing and help recovery by stabilizing joints, reducing pain, and increasing mobility. The C-Section Recovery Garment also features a side zipper for ease of use and to avoid pulling fabric over an incision.

Use Motif’s Insurance Lookup Tool to see if your insurance covers compression garments.

4. Birthing Classes

Birthing classes help prepare you physically, mentally and even emotionally for one of the most important days of your life. There are so many different types of childbirth education classes available––from Lamaze to The Bradley Method––and you’re sure to find classes you’re comfortable with to get the information you need. You’ll be happy to have the foresight and knowledge you’ve garnered once labor begins. Birthing classes are often covered by insurance, so be sure to check with your insurance company to get a list of classes on your plan.

5. Alternative Medical Treatments Like Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to relieve nausea, headaches, lower back pain, depression and even labor pains, so many women are turning to this ancient healing art to soothe symptoms during pregnancy. Ask your insurance provider what your coverage is for alternative medical treatments. Even if they don’t pay in full, they may offer discounts on services or have a list of providers they consider in-network.

Motif Medical’s goal is “to help you discover your options, support your body, and bond with your baby.” They’ve got your back, and your best interest in mind, during one of the most pivotal times of your life. Visit Motif Medical online at motifmedical.com for more information.

Disclaimer: We are not health professionals. The content herein is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always check with your doctor for the best course of treatment and with your insurance company to see what is covered under your insurance plan.

––Beth Shea