Pregnancy FAQs

When should I schedule my first OB appointment?


Schedule your first OB appointment for 7-10 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period.

What medication can I take for a cold or illness during my pregnancy?


Many over-the-counter medications are safe in pregnancy. Please refer to our approved OTC medication list.

Can I exercise during pregnancy?


Yes! For an overview of safe and effective exercise activities please see Exercise and Pregnancy.

Pregnancy Options Counseling

I am pregnant, what are my options?

Sometimes women are unsure about how they feel regarding the news of a pregnancy.  Pregnancy “options counseling” is a form of counseling that provides information and support regarding a newly discovered pregnancy. This type of information can help you learn about the choices regarding continuation of the pregnancy, termination of the pregnancy or adoption.   Our providers are knowledgeable about all of your options.  We will openly, and without judgment, help you come to the best decision for your individual complex situation.

It is important that you fully consider all of your options when making this important decision. Abortion means you are choosing to end a pregnancy.  Depending on how far along your pregnancy is, you may have different abortion methods available to you. Parenthood means that you are choosing to carry the pregnancy to term and to raise your child. Becoming a parent means that you are financially, legally, physically, and emotionally responsible for the upbringing of your child until adulthood. Adoption means giving somebody else the legal right and responsibility to raise your child.  You may choose adoption in order to provide caring and permanent parents for your child when you feel this is something that you cannot provide.

What should I do if I am unsure of how I feel about my pregnancy?

If you are unsure about how you feel regarding the news of your pregnancy, please make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.  We can help you to understand the complex emotions surrounding the news of a pregnancy and without judgment; we will help you to make the best decision for your situation.  Regardless of what you decide to do, we can take care of you.  We can provide you with prenatal care, a termination of pregnancy, or give you a referral to learn more about adoption.

What if even after talking to a provider, I am still unsure?

If you are still unsure after speaking to a provider, do not rush to make a decision.  There are many resources and people specifically trained to help you through this difficult time.  The National Abortion Federation Hotline is available to answer any questions you may have about abortion, unintended pregnancy, or related issues. The Hotline is free, completely anonymous, and offers services to everyone, regardless of their individual situation.  For unbiased information about abortion and about other resources, including financial assistance, call toll-free 1-800-772-9100.

 

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