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Pregnant and no insurance
An_219380 posted:
I am going into my 8th week now, and I know I should see a doctor very soon, but I dont have any insurance. I live in California and I did apply for Medi-cal. But the medi-cal office case worker told me they have 30-45 days to submit my application, and it doesn't mean I would get approved.

I was wondering if there is another way to see the doctor before I get any medical cards sent to me in the mail, if it does take 30-45 days.
I asked the case worker and she told me I would have to wait for the medical cards to see any doctor.

Not sure what to do. Will it be safe for me to wait that long before I see a doctor? I am taking prenatal vitamins.
An_219381 responded:
Let's see, you are 8 weeks now, so 30 days from now puts you around 12 weeks. My OBGYN doesn't see pregnant women until between 10-12 weeks along, which is pretty common. If you are able to get in to see a doctor between 12-14 weeks, that is a little later than normal, but as long as you don't experience any complications, you are taking your vitamins and taking care of yourself, it should be fine.
Kay Johnson, CNM replied to An_219381's response:
I agree with Anon 395. Unless you have a medical problem such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or a history of miscarriages, there's no problem in waiting to be seen at 12 weeks. Any problems with this pregnancy, such as bleeding would be handled in an emergency room.

There is testing offered for Down Syndrome between 11 and 14 weeks. If you want to be tested, you will want to be seen before 14 weeks. It sounds like Medi-Cal will be available to you by then.

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