When Making a Pregnancy Decision

When you find out that you are unexpectedly pregnant, there are a lot of things to think about, and that’s hard to do when you are scared and overwhelmed. Take a few minutes for yourself, sit down, and just breathe.

When you feel a bit more centered, it’s time to get down to business. Let’s take a look at your options – abortion, adoption, and parenting – and consider which might be YOUR best choice.

Abortion

Abortion ends the pregnancy.  There are several types of abortion, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. One of the deciding factors is time, so if you are considering this as an option, you should know there is a point at which this is no longer an option.

The timeframe allowing for abortion varies from state to state. For instance, Wisconsin allows them to take place up until the max of 20 weeks gestational age, while other states, such as New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Nevada allow abortions up to 24 weeks.

The different options for abortion range from “The Abortion Pill,” which is actually two pills, taken a couple days apart, to surgical procedures that increase in scope and risk the farther along you are in your pregnancy.

Parenting

About half of the women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose parenting. That doesn’t mean it is an easy decision to make and it comes with its own set of questions. Such as: Am I ready to be a parent? How will I provide? What if my relationship isn’t stable?

Experts suggest writing down your feelings – all of them – and then write down how your values and beliefs affect how you look at each of your options. What are your goals, plans and dreams? Where does pregnancy fit within them?

Adoption

In the past, the term adoption implied a stigma of failure. Today it is said that choosing adoption means you have done careful planning, and put a lot of emotional effort forth, together with some sacrifices. This decision is made with love, bravery, and selflessness.

Adoption offers many options – some organizations will let you create your personal adoption plan, including choosing the perfect adoptive family, deciding how you want your hospital experience to go, and determining the type of relationship you want to have after adoption.

There is often an adoption specialist assigned to you that helps you navigate your way through open or semi-open adoptions and choosing how to keep in touch, whether through pictures and letters, emails, texts, phone calls or in-person visits.

Make an Appointment for Help

If you need help sorting through these options, make an appointment to come see us at Willow Womens Center. Our caring advocates can help you sort through all the noise and give you information to enable you to decide what the best choice is for you and your personal circumstances.

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Beloit
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An unplanned pregnancy in Beloit, or wherever you happen to live, can throw you into a tailspin. Suddenly all the plans you’ve made for your future seem unattainable. Everywhere you turn there seems to be another pregnant woman and most of them look happy.

Realistically, you know your emotions are high and you are wound up tight. Just as you also know that all it will take is for someone to say the wrong thing and you are going to either reply with something nasty, or cry. Neither option is appealing.

As you seek information related to unplanned pregnancy Beloit, there are some steps to take that will gain you a measure of peace and give you the confidence to make the right decisions.

Have Some Tests Done

Sure, you took a pregnancy test at home, and that’s why you’re here. At Willow Womens Center, we offer a free, lab-grade pregnancy test just to double check. False positive tests can happen.

The second step is having an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy is viable. This means the technician is looking to make sure everything appears normal, and the pregnancy is progressing. They also check the gestational age of the fetus and the viability by measuring the heartbeat.

Once those are completed, testing for STD/STIs is important. This ensures treatment in case of a positive result. If an abortion is chosen, an untreated STD can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and may also result in long-term reproductive health problems, including infertility.

Find Out All the Facts

The next step is to make an appointment at Willow Womens Center. Our caring, supportive team will go over all the test results with you, answer your questions, and make sure you have all the facts and data you need to make an informed decision for your future.

We know that clear, unbiased information given at no charge, and with no agenda, is vital to women making the best possible choice for them. It helps to bring a measure of peace and much-needed confidence that no matter which direction you choose, you will be able to handle it. Visit our center today or make an appointment!

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When Can You Detect Pregnancy?

If you’re worried that you could be pregnant, you might be tempted to go buy a pregnancy test and use it right away. Unfortunately, unless you’ve waited until you’ve missed the anticipated date of your period, you may very well get a false negative test.

The reason for this is that both pregnancy tests, the blood test and urine sample, rely on detecting the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone. This hormone increases rapidly after the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus and is responsible for most pregnancy symptoms.

Most manufacturers claim a 99 percent accuracy for their tests when performed as recommended. HCG levels only become detectable seven to 12 days after implantation and is the reason women are cautioned not to take the test early.

Wait Before Taking a Test

The Cleveland Clinic advises women to wait five to 10 days after a missed period before administering a test so you don’t experience a false negative positive result. They advise using first-morning urine because HCG is most concentrated then, don’t drink a lot of fluid before the test to increase the volume because it thins the hormone concentration, and be sure to follow each step in the test precisely.

Early pregnancy symptoms that could signal a need for taking a pregnancy test include a missed period, feeling exhausted, urinating often, sensitive or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting. Having these symptoms can help rule out a false positive on a test; false positives can result due to a chemical pregnancy, where the pregnancy ends shortly after the egg attaches to the uterine lining, menopause, ectopic pregnancy, and ovarian conditions such as cysts.

Confirming a Viable Pregnancy

After a pregnancy test, it is important to receive an ultrasound to confirm if the pregnancy is viable. A non-viable pregnancy, if undetected, could lead to some women making decisions that are not in their best interest.

This is why Willow Womens Center not only offers free, medical-grade pregnancy tests, we also offer free ultrasounds to confirm viability, and free STD/STI testing if warranted. Contact us for an appointment.

An ultrasound has many benefits, from determining viability to telling you how far along you are, finding the heartbeat, and determining the location where the embryo is implanted. This is important in case of an ectopic pregnancy where implantation occurs in the fallopian tube and can be life threatening.

Also, 20 percent of all pregnancies do not carry to term and 80 percent of all miscarriages take place during the first trimester, or 12 weeks. An ultrasound can help detect if you are at risk for a miscarriage or if there is an issue, such as an ectopic pregnancy, where you need immediate medical attention.

Willow Womens Center is holistic and focused solely on you and your well-being. We will support you and help you consider all your options, but only YOU can make the decision that is best for you. Call us today for an appointment.

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