Are you pregnant? If you're sexually active and think you've missed your last period, it's possible that you are pregnant. Mistakes happen, but you can control how you deal with this situation.
- Take a pregnancy test. As the symptoms of pregnancy vary so much from woman to woman, it's important to be sure that you are pregnant. HOPE can help you with this.
- Educate yourself. If you've never been pregnant before, it's important to learn from someone you trust about what pregnancy involves, as well as the facts concerning your options: abortion, adoption or parenting. Pregnancy is a high-stakes issue, and you shouldn't let an embarrassed parent, pushy boyfriend - or your financial situation - put you down or put pressure on you. Learn the facts for yourself, and make a decision for yourself. HOPE has no vested financial or personal interest in your choice. We are run almost entirely by volunteers who wish to provide you with the emotional support and help that you need.
- Figure out what you need, and ask for help from people you trust. You have a decision to make, but you shouldn't be facing this situation alone. HOPE can provide you with material assistance, emotional support, and a broad variety of referrals to help you get the help you need - legal, financial, job-related and so on.
Symptoms of pregnancy
- Nausea and vomiting
- May come as early as a week into the pregnancy
- Typically experienced in the morning
- Breast tenderness
- Caused by the increase in HCG levels, which cause the breasts to become swollen
- Frequent urination
- Can be experienced in the first week or two, as the uterus adds pressure on the bladder
- Caused by significant hormonal changes, as HCG levels increase
- Light bleeding, caused by implantation
- Can occur 8 to 10 days from ovulation
- Sometimes mistaken for the beginning of a period
- Caused by the compression of major arteries in the legs, and the additional use of blood sugar as your body goes into overdrive
- Linked to a slowing of bowel functions, as this increases the time available for your body to absorb nutrients
- Linked to hormonal changes
- Sometimes diminishes in the second trimester
- Occurs as the uterus pressses upwards and digestion slows