Did you recently discover you’re pregnant? Is this unexpected? You may feel overwhelmed and anxious about this news and unsure of what to do next. Let the PRC walk you through the steps you can take to help you feel more confident as you process this news:
First things first
The first question is, “How did you discover you were pregnant?” For most women, a late period is the first sign of pregnancy. However, it’s possible to have a late period and not be pregnant. Certain medications, stress, rapid weight gain or loss, and increased exercise are other reasons for a late or missing period.
If your menstrual cycle is like clockwork and you keep a record of dates, you may have reason to wonder. For some women, their monthly cycles are irregular, and they don’t keep a record. As a result, a late period could be just that, late.
Check for other pregnancy symptoms such as tender breasts, feeling nauseous, light spotting, and mood swings. If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you may very well be pregnant.
Did you take a home pregnancy test? An over-the-counter pregnancy test is usually the next step for women who suspect they’re pregnant. Although at-home tests are more accurate now, there is a possibility the test was done incorrectly or you are testing too soon. It never hurts to take another test to confirm your results. At PRC Grand Rapids, a member of our medical services staff can run a lab-quality pregnancy test at no cost to you.
Once you’ve received a positive pregnancy test, it’s time to verify the results with an ultrasound. An ultrasound is a live imaging procedure that uses high-frequency soundwaves to create a visual image inside your uterus.
If you’re wondering why you need an ultrasound when you’ve already gotten a positive pregnancy test, here’s why: Over 20% of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage. It’s possible to miscarry even before you know you’re pregnant. If you’ve miscarried, you can still get a positive result on a pregnancy test for days or even weeks afterward.
An ultrasound tells you if you’ve miscarried, the dates of your pregnancy, and if the pregnancy is in the uterus. This information is the very least you need to know to move forward. PRC Grand Rapids offers free ultrasounds to women who’ve received a positive pregnancy test result through the center (some restrictions apply).
The Help You Need
Okay, it’s confirmed – you are pregnant. Now what? You have a few options to consider. Choose between abortion, making an adoption plan, or parenting your child. PRC Grand Rapids can give you information on each one of these options.
If you’re considering abortion, make sure you get as much information as possible. Abortion is a serious medical decision. You need to know how far along you are in your pregnancy, the physical side effects, and how you will feel emotionally.
Carrying your baby means you can choose between adoption or parenting. We can give you a variety of referrals for medical and community resources. Both adoption and parenting have opportunities for housing, medical expenses, emotional support groups, and more.
We’re Here To Help
PRC Grand Rapids is a source you can trust. We offer free pregnancy testing, the possibility of an ultrasound, STD testing and treatment, and various support services. Let us be there to help you process this news in a confidential and caring manner.