Free pregnancy testing is offered at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center by appointment on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Temporary Medicaid can be issued at the same time if guidelines are met. To schedule your appointment, please contact us.
Pregnancy tests are an easy and accurate way to find out if you’re pregnant. Tests check urine or blood for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Your body makes this hormone after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. Testing is very accurate when used correctly. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center currently offers free urine pregnancy tests.
You can take a pregnancy test anytime after your period is late (as soon as possible after a missed period or if you think you might be pregnant) — that’s when they work the best. Some pregnancy tests can spot hCG before you miss a period, but the results will be more accurate if you wait until the first day of a missed period. If your periods are very irregular, or you don’t get periods at all for one reason or another, your best bet for accurate results is to take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex.
Temporary Medicaid provides healthcare coverage, including sixty-day postpartum coverage, for pregnant women whose family income meets eligibility requirements. Once eligible, the coverage continues through the postpartum period despite subsequent increases in income.
Children born to a woman eligible for and receiving MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women (or other MO HealthNet health care coverage) on the date of the infant’s birth continue to be eligible for MO HealthNet coverage throughout the first year of life as long as the child remains in the mother’s home and maintains Missouri residence.