One of the most overwhelming parts of an unplanned pregnancy is just that -- it was unplanned . You didn’t expect this, and now you are suddenly faced with big decisions. Especially if this is your first pregnancy, you’re probably wondering where to go from here. What do you even do after seeing your positive test results? What are your next steps?
You just found out you are pregnant, and suddenly you feel as if you are on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Not sure how to tell the father of the baby the news? First things first: Slow down and take a deep breath. There is no need to rush into anything, especially if you are feeling anxious about your situation. You want to be calm, cool, and
It’s time to take a look at the third trimester -- the final weeks of your pregnancy. If there is one thing we know, it is that every pregnancy is different. For some women, the third trimester is mostly about increased fatigue, using the bathroom constantly, and just wanting the baby to arrive already! For others, the third trimester is just more
As soon as you find out you are pregnant (or even when you are trying to get pregnant), it is recommended that you start taking a good quality prenatal vitamin . So what is a prenatal vitamin and why is it so important? What is it? A prenatal vitamin is a supplement with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to help your baby develop successfu
Our last blog post was all about stress management, and since things are still crazy and unpredictable because of the coronavirus, we thought we’d do a similar post with tips to process change . Since the beginning of this pandemic, so many changes have happened in our daily lives. Even if you haven’t experienced something as significant as the los
Jobs shut down, kids home from school, family and friends separated. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or feeling just plain bored , we’re all dealing with something during these high-stress times. We’ve put together a quick list of things you can do today to help you manage stress and cope with this craziness: Routine Start small! Wake u
A few months ago, we shared a post all about the first trimester -- what's happening with your body and what's happening with your baby. Now, let's take a look at the second trimester! For many women, the second trimester is much better than the first.  They often feel like they have their energy back, and sometimes those frustrating food aversions
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is making so many headlines. If you're pregnant, we've summarized some of the biggest takeaways for you! Ultimately, if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, schedule an appointment with your doctor . If you don't have prenatal care, Birth Choice can help to enroll you with Healing Hands Ministri
Plan B , also known as “ the morning after pill ” or levonorgestrel, is a medication that is available over the counter to women who want to prevent pregnancy after an episode of unprotected sex. Marketing for the drug makes wild claims – including that Plan B is 95% effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. So what is Plan B? Levono
If you have recently found out that you're pregnant, you may be concerned with prenatal care. Maybe you don't have health insurance, or maybe you just don't know how to find a doctor.  Thanks to our partnership with Healing Hands Ministries , Birth Choice can help you get started. Starting Monday, February 3rd , Birth Choice will have an on-site "C
Nausea, fatigue, tender breasts, irritability: The first 12 weeks of pregnancy, also called " the first trimester ," can be full of challenges. Thankfully, these symptoms typically lessen (or even fully pass) during the second and third trimesters. For more information about early signs of pregnancy, check out this blog post .  So while you are exp
You found out you're unexpectedly pregnant, and you are feeling overwhelmed. Telling your parents may be one of the last things you want to do. But it is an important step.  There is no "formula" for how to have this conversation. It all depends on your relationship with your parents. If you have a great relationship with them, telling them that yo
In complicated situations, it is normal to seek advice. People who know us can give valuable feedback and ideas about how to move forward. If you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy, you may choose to confide in people and ask them what you should do. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it can be a really helpful way to get a new perspec
Some pregnant women experience round ligament pain , especially during or after the second trimester. What is it, why does it happen, and how can you ease the pain? What is it? Round ligaments are ligaments (bands of tissue) that connect the front of your uterus to your groin. The pain itself can be an achy, crampy, or sharp and sudden feeling in y
"How did this happen?" "I don't know what to do."  "I'm not ready to be a mother." "I don't know how I feel." "I'm scared." "I don't know what I want." "I feel alone." When faced with a difficult situation, our emotions can often overwhelm us. These sorts of questions can feel like they are on repeat in our heads. It can be hard to see things clear
In a world filled with excess noise, constant stimulation, social media, packed schedules, overwhelming responsibilities and just plain old stress, taking time to process and pay attention to our internal worlds has never been more important. It is easy to allow intense human emotions such as guilt, anxiety, panic, shame, fear, anger, etc. to sit w
Being pregnant and "eating for two" can be a great excuse to eat a second helping of french fries or a second piece of birthday cake! While we are all for indulging your cravings here and there, it's also important to keep in mind that you are the only provider of nutrients to your baby . Your baby's nutrition plays an important role in his/her dev
Many times when a woman finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, the father of the baby can feel afraid and isolated. So many questions may be running through the father's head: What is my role? What is my responsibility? How can I support her? Am I ready to be a father? If you are the father of a baby in an unexpected pregnancy, we want to remind you
If you're pregnant, you may experience symptoms of morning sickness (like nausea and vomiting), especially during your first trimester. In fact, more than 50% of pregnant women deal with morning sickness between 6-12 weeks of pregnancy . Morning sickness can be so frustrating - and it's not limited to the morning! You are already exhausted, and now
Most doctors and nurses that you will talk to throughout your pregnancy will want to know the date of your last menstrual period, or LMP . What's so important about your LMP? Well, most pregnant women aren't sure of the actual date of conception (when the egg was fertilized). Unless you are charting your cycle each month, it can be very difficult t
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