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Pregnancy

Until menopause, there are times in every sexually active woman’s life when she wonders if she is pregnant. This is because the only way not to get pregnant for sure – even if on birth control – is to not have sex. An unplanned pregnancy can cause anxiety and fear. It may feel like your future and your dreams are slipping away. The first thing you need to do is find out if you are, in fact, pregnant. Next Step Pregnancy Services offers a safe environment for you to have a pregnancy test and, depending on the result, talk to a nurse about your options. Our staff consists of strong women who have experienced similar circumstances and emotions who understand that the decision you make regarding an unplanned pregnancy will affect you the rest of your life.

Pregnancy Symptoms

It’s important to remember that pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. Others may not experience any symptoms for a few weeks. For many women, the first sign of pregnancy is a delayed or missed period.

Although not unique to pregnancy, some possible pregnancy symptoms or signs of pregnancy include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Tender breasts
  • Nausea
  • Lower backaches
  • Increased urination
  • Late Period

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and your pregnancy test is negative, we recommend you seek the advice of your physician. If your pregnancy test is positive, it is advisable for you to have an ultrasound to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy.

A positive pregnancy test cannot confirm that you are actually pregnant. About 20% of pregnancies are not viable. This means something didn’t go exactly right and the pregnancy will likely end on its own. The only way to medically confirm a viable pregnancy is by having an ultrasound scan. There are several reasons why a pregnancy may not be viable and our medical staff will take the time to answer all your questions so that you can make an informed choice.

Pregnancy decisions can be complicated. If you are pregnant, you have three options to consider: parenting, adoption and abortion. At Next Step we respect your right to make an informed and competent decision – a decision you will live with the rest of your life. Because all of our services are free and we don’t profit based on your choice, we will not pressure you to do anything that you aren’t completely comfortable with.

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