If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, you may be wondering what to do next. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be frightening, so it is important that you get all of the information you need to make an informed decision.
How Do I Know if I’m Pregnant?
While some women don’t experience any symptoms during early pregnancy, some may develop signs of pregnancy that are important to note.
These signs include:
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Missed period
- Increased urination
If you are having any of these symptoms, it is important to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test, which can be found at a pharmacy or offered by ELEVATE Pregnancy and Family Resource Center.
How Can I Protect My Health and Safety?
Once you learn you are pregnant, it is essential to consider getting a limited obstetric ultrasound to determine 3 important things about your pregnancy:
- Viability: Up to 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is the loss of a pregnancy. Sometimes, miscarriages require medical treatment, so it is important to determine whether your pregnancy is healthy.
- Gestational age: Your pregnancy’s gestational age, or how far along you are, determines which type of abortion procedure you are eligible for.
- Location of pregnancy: An ultrasound will show whether you have a pregnancy outside of the uterus, which is called an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are very dangerous if left untreated and require medical attention.
I Have More Questions.
It is often helpful to speak with someone after learning you are pregnant. At Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, we are here to listen and offer the support you need to move forward with confidence. We offer private consultations to give you the facts about your pregnancy options. No matter what you decide, we are here to support you in a confidential, non-judgmental setting.