"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
When you enroll as a client at Birth Choice, you have the opportunity to participate in our Earn While You Learn Program . This is an  education program that equips you with skills and knowledge relating to pregnancy, parenting, and general life skills, all while earning Baby Bucks to use in our Baby Boutique.  What will you learn? Our free classes
Before (or even after) you take a pregnancy test, you may be wondering how they even work. There are two types of pregnancy tests: urine tests (like your over-the-counter/at-home tests) or blood tests (done at a doctor's office). Both tests detect the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)  hormone in your urine or blood. The hCG hormon
When you are pregnant, your body temperature will naturally be elevated due to an increase in metabolism and other factors .  Therefore, it is most important to keep yourself cool in the summer months when the temperature is increased (especially in Texas!), to minimize your discomfort.  Here are some tips on keeping cool :   1. Stay hydrated. The
Scheduling an appointment with a clinic like Birth Choice may be uncharted territory for you. We want to make sure you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible when you come for your appointment, so here is a rundown of what you can expect .  First and foremost, we want you to know that you will find privacy, respect, and accurate information a
You have confirmed that you are pregnant and you’re ready to make sure you and your baby are as healthy as possible throughout these next 9 months. How do you find a doctor to for your pregnancy? Getting yourself set up with an obstetrician (OB-GYN) is an important step to take early in your pregnancy, ideally in your first trimester.  An OB-GYN ha
Wondering if you are pregnant but haven't taken a pregnancy test to confirm yet? Here are some early signs of pregnancy :   Late period - If you have a regular menstrual cycle and are late for your next period, that can be due to pregnancy. Many times, this is what first clues women into their pregnancy and leads them to take an at-home pregnancy t
Your friend just took a home pregnancy test. She calls you, her trusted friend, in a state of panic over her positive result. Your mind races, flooded with emotions, unsure of what to say next. You want to  say the right things, and you want your friend to  do the right thing for her life. It's important to: Listen to your friend Support her Offer
You saw the double lines  appear on your pregnancy test and now you’re unsure what to do...or think...or who to turn to.  First, take a deep breath . Your feelings are so normal and they are filled with wisdom to lead you to what you need.  Maybe you’re feeling:  1.  TERROR  that you aren’t ready for this life change 2.  FEAR  that your situation m
Finding out you are pregnant unexpectedly can be overwhelming. It can be hard enough to process the news, let alone make a decision about how to move forward. First of all, know that it's important to give yourself  time . Finding out you are pregnant is big news, and you want to make sure you give yourself the time and grace you need to process th
  Before scheduling an abortion, it is important to have an ultrasound. In fact, in Texas, it is required . It is also required to have verbal explanation of the ultrasound (a physical description of the fetus, the presence of the heartbeat, and the possible presence of organs, etc.) at least 24 hours before having an abortion.     Birth Choice has
  We know that finding out you're pregnant can be scary. You may be looking into the "abortion pill." Because this is a serious medical decision, it is crucial to have accurate information and to understand the risks associated with the abortion pill. This will help you to make an informed decision . At Birth Choice, we want to help. We want to ens
  You never expected this to happen. You weren’t trying to have a baby, and now here you are, staring at a positive pregnancy test. Maybe you are happy – excited even. But you might also be feeling nervous, scared, uncertain, unprepared . Maybe you even feel trapped. An unplanned pregnancy seems scary, but thankfully, it doesn’t have to be . There