• Am I Pregnant?

  • What do I do now?

  • Where do I begin?

  • What are my options?

 

Pregnant?

Know YourOptions, so you can make an informed decision that’s best for you

You may be facing one of the most difficult decisions you ever have to make. This was not in your plans… Your world is turned upside down, and you are suddenly questioning everything you ever thought or believed. It is okay to be scared…The good thing is that you do have options.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Delayed or Missed Period

When you become pregnant, you will probably miss your next period. Some women will still bleed throughout their pregnancy, but if you do, it will typically be lighter or shorter than your regular period.

Slight Bleeding or Cramping

You may notice some spotting and even some cramping before your menstrual cycle is due. This is known as implantation bleeding, when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus. This usually happens about 6 to 14 days after fertilization. This is often the first symptom you may notice. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, lighter in color and spottier than your regular menstrual period and shouldn’t last as long.

Tender, or Swollen Breasts

You may notice swollen or tender breasts as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. They may also feel sore, tingly, fuller, and your nipples may become tender and stick out.

Extreme Fatigue

Extreme tiredness is another early symptom in the first several weeks of your pregnancy. Your entire body is adjusting and developing high levels of the hormone progesterone. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and an increase in blood production can absorb your energy.

Morning Sickness

Hormone changes in your body may be causing nausea and vomiting. This is known as “Morning sickness.” Despite its name, this can happen any time of the day or night. This usually occurs between 2 and 8 weeks after conception. Pregnant women also have a stronger sense of smell so various odors may cause nausea in early pregnancy.

Frequent Urination

Around 6 – 8 weeks after conception, you might have a more frequent need to urinate. This is caused by the pressure being put on your bladder, urethra and pelvic floor muscles.

Food Cravings or Dislikes

You may find yourself having strong cravings or dislikes for certain foods. Like most pregnancy symptoms, these food preferences can be a result of changing hormones. Food cravings and dislikes can last the entirety of your pregnancy, but are most likely to be the strongest during your first trimester when your hormones are changing the most.

Headaches

Increased blood circulation caused by the sudden rise of hormones can cause you to have frequent, mild headaches early in your pregnancy.

Faintness and Dizziness

Frequently women experience dizziness and lightheadedness throughout their pregnancy. The growth of more blood vessels in early pregnancy, the pressure of the expanding uterus on blood vessels, and the body’s increased need for food can all cause you dizziness and faintness.

Mood swings

The flood of hormones in your body during the first several weeks of your pregnancy can cause you to be unusually emotional and weepy.

Darkening Areolas

The skin around your nipples may get darker in color.

Constipation

As your levels of hormones increase, slowing down digestion and relaxing muscles in the bowels, you may experience constipation. Constipation may include having hard, dry stools, fewer than three bowel movements per week, and painful bowel movements.

Heartburn

Pregnancy hormones can cause you to experience indigestion and heartburn. Hormones slow down the muscles of the digestive tract causing indigestion and they relax the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing food and acids to come back up causing the burning feeling of heartburn.

Backaches

You may experience lower back pains during early pregnancy, however they are common throughout your entire pregnancy.


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Options

What are my options?
Where do I begin?

You’re not alone.

Stories

What have others done?

Resources

Where can I get help?

www.optionline.org

Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP

Option Line provides caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Their consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free phone number, email or live chat. They will connect you with a nearby pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests as well as answers to your questions about pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, adoption, parenting, medical referrals and much more.

www.birthright.org/en

Helpline: 800-550-4900

Birthright offers information and referrals to help meet the needs of women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by providing material and emotional support.

www.americanpregnancy.org

The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.

www.preghelpcenters.com

Preghelpcenters.com is a website with Missouri pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

www.txcareforwomen.com

Texas Care for Women is a website with Texas pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

www.wacareforwomen.org

Washington Care for Women is a website with Washington pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

www.optionline.org

Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP

Option Line provides caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Their consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free phone number, email or live chat. They will connect you with a nearby pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests as well as answers to your questions about pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, adoption, parenting, medical referrals and much more.

www.adoptionsbygladney.com

The Gladney Center for Adoption’s mission is to provide loving homes for children, acaring environment for birthparents, supportive services for Gladney families andadoptees, and assistance to orphans and underserved children throughout the world.

www.ichooseadoption.org

I Choose Adoption provides resources for pregnant women considering an adoption.

 

www.bethany.org
Chatline

Bethany Christian Services is a leader in adoption and family services worldwide. They strive toward a world where every child has a loving family.

www.lovebasket.org

Love Basket provides confidential counseling to men and women in Missouri, Kentucky, and Minnesota who are considering making an adoption plan. Learn more about adoption and your choices.

877-558-0333

www.abortionpillreversal.com

If you have taken the first dose of mifepristone (also known as RU486 or the “abortion pill”) and regret your decision it may not be too late. There is a process for reversing the abortion pill, but time is essential. Call right away to get help.

www.optionline.org

Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP

Option Line provides caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Their consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free phone number, email or live chat. They will connect you with a nearby pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests as well as answers to your questions about pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, adoption, parenting, medical referrals and much more.

www.optionline.org

Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP

Option Line provides caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Their consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free phone number, email or live chat. They will connect you with a nearby pregnancy resource center that offers pregnancy tests as well as answers to your questions about pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, adoption, parenting, medical referrals and much more.

www.abortionchangesyou.com

Abortion Changes You provides a confidential space for those who are touched by abortion, whether the experience happened recently or years ago.  Abortion Changes You is a refuge for those who wish to tell their story and begin the process of healing.

www.infg.org

If Not for Grace provides opportunities for restoration by leading those struggling with the pain of abortion to a place of forgiveness and reconciliation.

www.rachelsvineyard.org

Rachel’s Vineyard offers healing after abortion.  The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.

www.wacareforwomen.org

Washington Care for Women is a website with Washington pregnancy help centers that will offer free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, community referrals, options counseling and post-abortion support.

www.nurturingnetwork.org

Nurturing Network is an international charitable organization that responds to the immediate and comprehensive needs of women facing an unplanned pregnancy.  They are active in all 50 states and in 30 foreign countries.  Nurturing Network offers resources such as housing, legal assistance, financial help, medical services, educational and employment opportunities and more.  Assistance is provided without charge and is available without regard to a person’s race, creed or economic circumstances.

 

www.cms.gov/home/medicaid.asp

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Find out more information about Medicaid and locate the Medicaid office in your area. Many pregnant women qualify for Medicaid to cover their medical expenses during pregnancy and delivery.

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/rental_assistance/phprog

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

— Derna Chodron —
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