Being broke can make a positive pregnancy test a stressful surprise. But there's help out there for you. To make...
Being broke can make a positive pregnancy test a stressful surprise. But there's help out there for you. To make sure you're getting enough nutrition for your baby, one of the first things you would do is to look into the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children -- moreĀ commonly known as WIC. They offer food, nutrition counseling along with access to health services to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, as well as to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at "nutritional risk" (like if you're living on Froot Loops and Diet Coke, beans and water, or something equally not-so-healthy). To be eligible for WIC on the basis of income, your income must fall within a certain range, which changes from year to year. (Look up the current Federal guidelines at www.fns.usda.gov/wic ). While most states use the maximum guidelines, individual states may set lower income limit standards, so be sure to call your local WIC office! Tip: A woman who participates in certain other government benefit programs (such as the Food Stamp Program or Medicaid) automatically meets the income eligibility requirement. If you can't afford health insurance (and aren't already covered through a spouse or employer), right away, find out about Medicare and any other programs your state might have. Start the process now, because it may take some time to cut through the red tape. (And if something urgent comes up with your health, hospital emergency rooms and clinics can help you out in a pinch.)

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