Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is the care you get from the time you find out you're pregnant until you deliver. As soon as you think you may be pregnant, make an appointment with your primary care doctor.

Regular doctor visits are important to make sure you and your baby are healthy. You’ll be able to follow the progress of your pregnancy and your baby's development.  

TRICARE covers medically necessary prenatal care, but there are some limits.

Prenatal Services

TRICARE covers the following services to monitor the health of the baby or if you have a high-risk pregnancy:

  • Amniocentesis
  • Chordocentesis
  • Chorionic villis sampling
  • Fetal stress test
  • Electronic fetal monitoring


Doctors may do ultrasounds for different reasons. TRICARE covers ultrasounds used to:

  • Estimate age
  • Evaluate growth
  • Conduct a biophysical evaluation for fetal well-being
  • Evaluate a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Find the cause of vaginal bleeding
  • Diagnose or evaluate multiple pregnancies
  • Confirm heart activity
  • Evaluate maternal pelvic masses or uterine abnormalities
  • Evaluate suspected hydatidiform mole
  • Evaluate the fetus's condition in late registrants for prenatal care

TRICARE doesn’t cover ultrasounds for routine screening or only to determine the sex of the baby.

For more information, please contact your regional contractor.

Last Updated 7/24/2014

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