When you’re sexually active, pregnancy is always a concern. Most birth control methods are not 100 percent effective. If you think you might be pregnant, you should make an appointment to get a pregnancy test.
Here are a few of the symptoms of pregnancy:
- Missed period
- Nausea / morning sickness
- Breast soreness or darkening nipples
- Frequent urination
- Mood swings
- Food cravings or aversion
Interestingly, these symptoms could also mean many other things. You should never rely on symptoms alone to determine pregnancy. Home tests are usually fairly accurate, but a medical-quality pregnancy test will confirm those results.
I’m Pregnant, What Happens Now?
One of the first considerations when you find out that you’re pregnant is “when is the baby due?” You can get a rough date based on the date of your last menstrual period be entering it into a baby due date calculation.
A dating ultrasound can more accurately determine the due date, especially when the ultrasound is done around weeks 8 to 10. We offer free dating ultrasounds in Tulsa through our mobile clinic that can tell you when your baby is due based on the size of the fetus.
Keep in mind that only about 5 percent of babies are born when they’re due. The due date might be adjusted during the pregnancy, too. Your baby is going to be born when he or she is ready.
Expecting a baby brings on many emotions. Even parents who are overjoyed experience stress and worry after getting the news. If your pregnancy is unplanned, you may have some ups and downs while you decide what to do. We have many resources to help you make those hard choices.
Parents Have to Make Changes
Your first prenatal appointment will be the most involved. It’s recommended that you have this appointment when you’re about 8 weeks along. You should be ready to talk about your concerns and ask lots of questions at this visit. Your doctor may suggest that you take a prenatal vitamin, not only for the baby, but to protect your own health.
Start your pregnancy out on the right foot by changing your eating habits. You should probably eat more fruits and vegetables. Lay off the junk food. It’s recommended to give up raw fish while you’re pregnant. Make sure meat, poultry and eggs are properly cooked. Be more diligent in washing fruits and vegetables. Have a conversation with your doctor about how much and what you should be eating.
Play it safe and avoid alcohol while you’re pregnant. Most research shows that excessive consumption is bad for the baby, so the risks with light drinking haven’t been studied as much. Although some doctors believe that an occasional glass of wine is okay, it’s best not to take a chance.
Let Us Help You Explore Your Options
Adoption, abortion or parenting the baby. You have options when you’re pregnant. Our services are confidential and free. We give information to help you make the best decision for you. Get a free ultrasound and learn more about the life growing inside of you.