Facing an unplanned pregnancy can seem overwhelming.
Do I have to decide today?
Stop and take your time as you make choices that will last your lifetime. Remember, no person will be required to live with the consequences of this decision as much as you will. If your boyfriend, husband, teacher or parents is pressuring you to make a quick decision, explain your needs and try to involve them in counseling to explore your positive options. You have the right to continue this pregnancy if that is your choice.
Can I have a baby and still live my life?
You may see this unplanned pregnancy as a major roadblock in your life. Thankfully, there are other routes that can get you back on track. Be encouraged to know that many women in the same situation have found the necessary help and resources to make positive choices and realize their dreams. You are not alone and you do have choices.
Are pregnancy tests reliable?
Most pregnancy tests are very reliable. However, to confirm that you are pregnant, a visit to an appropriate health care provider will be necessary. Also, our ultrasound procedure will confirm whether or not you are pregnant.
What changes will happen to my body?
During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Some common symptoms of early pregnancy include: a missed period, nausea, breast tenderness, frequent urination, tiredness, and mood swings.
What are my options?
You have the legal right to choose the outcome of your pregnancy. But real empowerment comes when you find the resources and inner strength necessary to make your best choice. Some of your options are:
- Parenting: Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent is very challenging. But with the support of caring people, parenting classes, and other resources, many women find the help they need to make this choice.
- Adoption: You may decide to place your child for adoption. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice. This loving decision is often made by women who first thought abortion was their only way out.
I’m confused with the medical terms associated with pregnancy, can you explain them?
- Cervix: The bottom opening to your uterus.
- Embryo: Human life at its earliest developmental stage.
- Fertilization: Joining of a male sperm and the female egg to form a human embryo.
- Fetus: A developing unborn baby with an observable human structure.
- Full Term Pregnancy: The stage at about 40 weeks after the last menstrual period or 38 weeks after fertilization when the baby is ready for birth.
- Last Menstrual Period (LMP): The date when a woman started her last menstrual period before fertilization. This is the point in time where pregnancy and the age of the unborn baby are measured.
- Trimester: An interval of three months used to measure three successive stages of pregnancy – first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.
- Uterus: The muscular female organ that contains the developing unborn baby.