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Planner+: a New Way to Plan for Prenatal Checkups

PUBLISHED ON 03/06/2017

Pregnancy involves rolling with the punches (or rather, kicks). But staying on top of your doctor’s visits, your pregnancy week-by-week, baby’s development, your changing body, your emotional well-being—and the list goes on—can be a lot. Meet Planner+, a new way for pregnant women to schedule and prepare for every prenatal doctor’s appointment in The Bump app.

We teamed up with Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, to create a prenatal appointments scheduling tool and prep guide, so every time you head to a doctor’s appointment you feel 100 percent prepared. (Note: Not all women will go to every appointment; it depends on your doctor.) Within The Bump iOS app (Android users, you’re next!), Planner+ will show you appointment-specific information about the visit, all verified by Northwell Health experts. Because if a pap smear is potentially coming your way, it’s nice to know about it.

We get that these prenatal visits seem to fly by—the average doctor’s appointment is about 15 minutes. And that’s not a lot of time to get all your questions answered. That’s why each guide comes with an overview of what to expect at the appointment, complete with a list of questions to ask as well as a list of ways to prepare, like checking if certain tests are covered by your insurance before you arrive.

You can schedule and sync appointments on your iOS calendar through The Bump app—and we’ll send you a reminder email 48 hours before, complete with the full guide for that visit. Because pregnancy brain is a very real thing.

Did we miss anything? Shoot any of our Northwell clinicians a question on our Real Answers platform as more specific questions come up.

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