Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Women can experience some or all of the following symptoms early in a pregnancy:
- Missed period or slight bleeding or spotting
- Tender, swollen breasts or nipples
- Nausea or vomiting
- Food cravings or aversions
- Mood swings
- Frequent urination
Many of these symptoms can also be the sign of another condition, the result of changing birth control pills, or stress, and thus they do not always mean that a woman is pregnant so it is important to get tested. (1)
How does the Pregnancy Test Work? (The test is given free of charge.)
The lab grade pregnancy test used at the PRC measures the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in a woman’s urine. This pregnancy hormone is produced by the developing placenta following implantation of an embryo in the uterus. Small amounts of this hormone are present in a woman’s system even before the first missed period, and they increase as pregnancy continues. The test used may detect hCG in urine as early as 4 days before a missed menses, but it is most sensitive in the days after a missed period. A positive test most commonly means that a pregnancy has occurred, but there are other medical conditions that can produce elevated levels of hCG.
How to confirm that the Pregnancy Test is Right?
Only a doctor can diagnose a pregnancy.
If you have a positive urine pregnancy test, the confirmation of a viable intrauterine pregnancy can be determined by an obstetrical ultrasound.
- Determine if this is a viable pregnancy
- Check how far along you are
- Reveals if there are signs of miscarriage or an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
- Checks for twins
Receiving an ultrasound at the PRC (at no charge to you)
Limited Obstetrical Ultrasounds are provided by a registered sonographer and reviewed by the radiologist. The assisting nursing staff can answer questions you may have about your pregnancy and the options available to you.
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Considering Your Options
Finding out you are pregnant is a life changing experience no matter what choice you make. Get the information you need to assist you in your decision making.
We have peer consultants and medical staff that are ready to share with you information about your options. Decision making guides as well as opportunities to be in contact with those who have walked the journey of each of the three options below are available to you.
The Three Options
Parenting entails assuming the daily responsibility for your child and his/her well-being. This includes experiencing the joys and challenges associated with this choice. There are many parameters to think about as you consider this option.
Abortion is legal in Ohio within certain time frames. Depending on gestational age, you may have a window of time for considering all of your options. This is a permanent action so this decision should be made carefully.
Note: The PRC does not offer or refer for abortions, but does have abortion education materials regarding the various types of abortion procedures and risks.
Adoption plans include many different types of arrangements. You can choose the adoptive family and determine what type of relationship, if any, that you would have with the adoptive family and your child. Financial support, counseling and various services are available to you through the adoption agency you choose and other networking agencies.
Contact us to make an appointment. We are here to listen and help.
Male mentoring is available for men who are involved with a pregnancy situation and wanting information.