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I'm Pregnant... Now What?
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The first time you see those fateful two lines on a pregnancy test, it is really hard to describe how you feel. You may feel confused, stressed, excited, terrified, panicked, and the list goes on. Time almost stops as your future floods before you. You ask questions like: Is this accurate? Should I take another test? What if it’s a faulty test? You might take another test, or a few, just to be sure. These seemingly normal feelings can be amplified if the pregnancy is unplanned, and may cause another element of stress if you don’t feel prepared.

This is something I can completely relate to, as I have experienced an unplanned pregnancy. My partner and I had been together for a while, and were starting to warm up to the idea of having children, but when the test went positive, we could not believe it. My partner needed several days to process the news, whereas I, being a goal oriented planner, needed to map out what to do next.

Three things to do after taking a pregnancy test:

First, talk to a trusted person about this. You may have a lot of concerns and emotions and it helps to express those to someone you are close to. Talking about our issues can bring great relief to our situation, and allow us to think more clearly than we would on our own. This person may be your partner, best friend, mentor, parent, and the list goes on. Finding someone to talk to is important not only for your mental state, but to help you with decisions going forward.

Second, book a doctor’s appointment to confirm your pregnancy. The doctor is the first place you should visit after those two lines appear. The doctor can confirm the pregnancy and give you next steps on what to do. My suggestion is to bring someone with you to this appointment. Due to the shock of what is happening, you may not remember or hear most of what the doctor tells you. Bring a trusted person (partner, friend, mentor, etc) with you so you remember everything.

Thirdly, make a plan. Talking to others and going to the doctor is a start, but being aware and fully informed on all your options can allow you to feel empowered to move forward. When we are empowered with information, we can make real, informed choices. At Pregnancy Options, our goal is to provide truth about your body, truth about your options, and hope for your future. We can help you process those emotions, look at all of your options (abortion, adoption and parenting) and provide resources that fit your informed decision.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, we would love to talk to you. You can contact us through our website, by phone, text or email.

You are not alone. You have support and you have options.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Periods can be unpredictable.  If you are one of the lucky women who have regular periods, then you may not even be aware of the immense favor you have been given.  Some women’s periods can be as unpredictable as the weather is in the Lower Mainland this March.  An unpredictable period may not be such a terrible thing all of the time, but if you have been sexually active in the month prior to when your period should arrive, a period’s absence can be a rather terrifying thing, especially if you aren’t feeling prepared to be a parent at this point in your life.

Oftentimes, women don’t realize they are pregnant until they are a few weeks into their pregnancy because symptoms may not be significant enough to notice in the beginning.  To complicate matters, pregnancy symptoms may not be identical for every woman. Pregnancy symptoms can also mimic the symptoms of other causes, like stress or menopause.  Most women are tipped off to a potential pregnancy because they miss their period but a late period could also be the result of hormonal imbalances, growth and changes in the body, diet, travel, anxiety/stress and certain types of birth control.

For this reason it’s sometimes not as easy to figure out if you could be pregnant or not based solely on one or two symptoms.  But here is a list of some of the more common pregnancy symptoms that women may experience:

  • Missed period

  • Headaches

  • Frequent urination

  • Fatigue/tiredness

  • Vomiting or nausea (“morning sickness”)

  • Sore or sensitive breasts

  • Weight gain or weight loss

  • Dizziness

  • Moodiness

If you’ve been sexually active and are concerned you could be pregnant, the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test or talk to your doctor.  Urine pregnancy tests will pick up the pregnancy hormone in a woman’s body 4 weeks from her LMP (Last Menstrual Period) and blood tests can detect a pregnancy around 3 weeks LMP. 

Depending on your situation, you may feel lost or alone, unsure or confused.   We understand.  This is big.  You’re not alone and you have options!

When you come into our centre, one of our trained Client Advocates will take time to sit and talk with you.  She can help you take a free and confidential pregnancy test and talk honestly with you about your options: abortion, adoption and parenting.  She will give you the support and acceptance that you need to process your thoughts and feelings and sort through all of the information.  You have options and being fully informed about all of them can help you make a decision that is right for you.

We’re About You.

We’re About Choices.

We’re About Truth.

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**The South Fraser Pregnancy Options Centre is not a medical centre and therefore does not advise or provide any medical referrals. This website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.