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What are the common signs of early pregnancy?
If you are experiencing any of these early signs of pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic, you should take a pregnancy test to confirm.
There are several common symptoms of pregnancy, and they can show up early. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might be pregnant, and your next best step is to take a pregnancy test. Use this list of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic to determine if you should take a pregnancy test:
Tender, swollen breasts
Nausea, with or without vomiting
Food Cravings or Aversions
When should I take a pregnancy test?
You are likely to get reliable results if you wait until the first day after your missed period. However, because every woman is different and some will have irregular periods it can then be more challenging to get accurate results. Our staff is trained on how to help you get the most accurate information even if you don't have a regular cycle.
How does a pregnancy test work?
Your body produces HCG hormone, typically referred to as “the pregnancy hormone” when you are pregnant. The pregnancy test will detect if this hormone is in your urine.
Do I need an ultrasound?
Yes. Beyond just determining whether or not you are pregnant, the ultrasound is aimed at giving you additional information regarding the viability of the pregnancy, the location of the pregnancy, and exactly how far along you are. No matter what decision you are planning to make, it will be important to have these questions answered.
Why check for a viable pregnancy?
This is especially important if you are considering abortion. Approximately 25% of early pregnancies end in miscarriage naturally, in this case the choice whether or not to have an abortion becomes irrelevant. Make sure you are aware first of the viability of the pregnancy to ensure you are making the most informed decision.
Why check to see where my pregnancy is located?
An ultrasound will also help you understand the exact location of your pregnancy. Unfortunately, not all embryos end up where they belong. Sometimes, pregnancies may end up as an ectopic pregnancy, which means that the embryo can actually develop in the fallopian tubes, or less common, somewhere else in the body.
This is a serious health concern, and needs to be addressed immediately. An ultrasound will allow you to see where your pregnancy is located.
How do I know that I will be given accurate information?
We are committed to giving you accurate information about abortion and its side effects, the pros and cons of adoption, and the possibility of parenting. Let us be that safe place where you can share your concerns, dreams, and life situations. Ask as many questions as you need to so you can be confident with your final decision.
Do I really have options?
Yes. We know that sometimes it can feel like you really only have one option, but we believe it is vital for you to know that there are ways to overcome the obstacles you may be facing. We are here to help educate you on all of the options available to you.
What if I make the wrong decision?
The best advice we can give you is to make a fully informed decision. Learning all of your options can give you the confidence that you are making the best decision for yourself.
Is parenting right for me?
This is a great question. We are here to help you sort through questions like these and to give you the support you need. You shouldn't have to answer this question alone, and you don't have to raise your child by yourself either. Your dreams don't have to stop here, we believe in you. But ultimately if you don't feel that you are able, we believe that adoption could be a good option for both you and your baby to thrive.
Are there available resources to help me?
Yes. Not only do we want to give you the information you need to make a decision, but we've put together many resources to help you throughout your parenting journey. At Pregnancy Center of Lapeer, we offer free classes, baby supplies, childbirth preparation classes, community resources, and even groups.
What is adoption?
Adoption is a legal process that will transfer your parenting rights and responsibilities to an adoptive family or parent. If you decide that adoption is right for you, you will be the one making decisions on behalf of your baby. We understand that transferring your parenting rights to another family is a difficult decision, which is why it's such good news that you will be in the driver's seat regarding who adopts your child, what type of family your baby will go to, and even whether or not you'd like to continue to be a part of the baby's life in the future.
Are there different types of adoption?
Yes. The most common type of adoption today is open adoption. This allows the doors for relationships to remain open with the birth parents, adoptive parents, and child. The next type would be semi-open. A semi-open adoption only partially leaves the door open for ongoing communication. And Lastly, there is a closed adoption. In a closed adoption, you will remain anonymous. You can have the option of selecting an adoptive family or allowing an agency to select a family for you.
Can I speak to other women who have chosen adoption
Do you provide abortions?
We care deeply about the physical, mental and emotional health of all women. we offer a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about what you're going through. We can help you make an educated, well thought out decision for yourself. Because we understand the danger of abortion to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, we do not refer or perform abortions.
What are the types of surgical abortion?
In-clinic surgical abortion options are available between the 6th and 24th week of pregnancy and vary depending on the type of procedure and length of pregnancy. These procedures should be performed by a licensed physician in a sterile environment. In most cases the woman is positioned on a surgical table with her feet in stirrups and is awake for the painful procedure. As with all surgeries, there are physical risks and a recovery period necessary to allow your body to heal. It is important to investigate the clinic and physician who will be performing the procedure to ensure your own health and safety.
What about the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is a method used to terminate a pregnancy in the early stages. It is a combination of drugs. The first drugs is intended to terminate the pregnancy, and the second drug causes contractions in order to expel the baby from the womb. It’s important to remember abortion is a serious medical procedure and comes with serious side effects and risks.
What if I change my mind?
Good news. If a woman changes her mind after taking the first dose of the abortion pill, a reversal medication is available. Please call this Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline at 1-877-588-0333 Available 24/7. The success rate for this is currently 68%. Here's more info on how the abortion pill reversal works.