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Not in your DDC, but I have a question...<br><br>
What are the risks of starting prenatal care around the 20w mark? I'm assuming the person in question knew they were pregnant, took folic acid, stopped risky behaviors (excessive drinking, smoking, etc...).<br><br>
If you are just waiting for healthcare to kick in, is there any risk to starting your care "late" - I mean in the case of prevention, not catching issues early that can't be changed (like down's or something)?<br><br>
I'm in a bit of an argument on a more mainstream board about it. I say who cares if you are taking care of yourself and you can feel the baby kicking, etc... They say I'm nuts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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It really depends on an individual's medical history and risk factors. For most women, with no history of pregnancy loss and no major medical problems, it poses little risk. For someone like me--I have a history of severe progesterone deficiencies--it could be disasterous.<br><br>
Have the people specified what they think the actual dangers are?
 

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I agree. There are many woman in this ddc that are doing their own prenatal care. As long as you are healthy and feeling the baby everything should be fine. Finding care this late might be hard. A lot of places treat you funny if you've not been seen from the start.<br><br>
The only test that have been missed is the Quad test so nothing important.
 

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I'm with you - I wouldn't worry about it, as long as you educate yourself on how to have a healthy pregnancy.<br><br>
Also, even if you don't have health insurance, you could always visit with a low-cost clinic or a midwife until traditional health care costs would be covered by insurance. If I were you, I'd just start and stick with a midwife - safer and better care in the end!!!
 

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Thanks ladies, to be more clear, this is about a woman's cousin (who has a child already). She was waiting for her medicare to kick in, which isn't till she's 20 weeks I guess. Anyway, the general concensus was that the woman was either 1) ignorant or 2) blatantly didn't care about her or her babe's health, neither of which I necessarily believe is true from the OP. ::Shrugs::<br><br>
Anyway, thanks for your thoughts, I try not to be "crazy" without knowing a little bit to back it up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I'm sure you mean medicaid because medicare is for the elderly/disabled. And if she's on medicaid she's going to get that attitude for starting prenatal care "late."<br><br>
That said, my mw saw me for my first prenatal at around 20 wks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sure you mean medicaid because medicare is for the elderly/disabled. And if she's on medicaid she's going to get that attitude for starting prenatal care "late."<br><br>
That said, my mw saw me for my first prenatal at around 20 wks.</div>
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Whoops! Yep, that's what I meant. I agree that part of the reason she's getting flack about it is b/c of that. Although these people are so into medicalization, it probably didn't alter their opinions in general. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
A L&D nurse actually said "Statistics don't mean sh!t to me if a child's or a mother's life is potentially on the line...." Seriously??? This is a symptom of a broken system if our "educated elite" don't consider scientific research to be important. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Again, thanks for the insight ladies! H&H pregnancies to you all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Why wouldn't someone wait until 20 weeks? People love to be so judgemental about everyone else.
 

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Some providers (both midwives and OB's) won't see you until 12 plus weeks anyways for your first visit around here but then they aren't as happy to accept people too far along in their pg either (good old Midwest!). I was going to try and change insurance in the new year but was told not to as I would have a hard time finding a provider to take me at 7 mos. I agree with the posting that if you are healthy with no hx of pg loss or other pg related issues then you should be fine provided you are taking care of yourself.
 
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