The Importance of Ultrasounds When Weighing Your Options

The Importance of Ultrasounds When Weighing Your Options

You may be thinking that ultrasounds are only necessary when you intend to carry a pregnancy to term or that you just don’t have any interest in having one, because you are planning on having an abortion. Did you know, however, that ultrasounds are primarily a tool to check the viability of a pregnancy? That’s right: since 1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage, an ultrasound can be critical to giving you all the information you need to know before making the decision to terminate your pregnancy. A friend of mine actually wrote her story after experiencing a miscarriage that was detected by ultrasound. You see, she found out through over the counter pregnancy tests that she was pregnant and her boyfriend immediately insisted that she use an abortion pill to “just take care of it”. Terrified that he’d leave her if she didn’t find the RU-486 pill, she reached out to a local non-profit women’s clinic, like us. During my friend’s appointment, the clinic staff explained her options, including the abortion pill, and offered an ultrasound performed to evaluate viability. She accepted, and it was during that procedure that she learned that the gestational sac was empty – the pregnancy was not viable. Had she not undergone the ultrasound procedure, she would have paid for an abortion and gone through a procedure when she wasn’t even truly pregnant. If you find yourself facing the decision to terminate, do yourself a favor and get an ultrasound. We offer the procedure for free and can give you the information that you need – that you deserve – in an unplanned...
Think you may be pregnant?  Take Action With These Steps!

Think you may be pregnant? Take Action With These Steps!

So, you had sex with a guy… he isn’t your boyfriend, and you really don’t want anything to do with him. You just can’t imagine being pregnant right now, but your period is late and you’re really not sure what is happening. Almost instantly, you might feel the urge to panic. All kinds of thoughts are running through your mind… “Should I have an abortion?” “Could I even parent a kid right now?” “Should I check into adoption?” As hard as it might be to resist this urge… stay calm, relax and consider following these steps. 1. First, understand why your period is late to begin with. Sometimes women miss their periods when they start a new exercise program, start a new diet, or even experience an increased amount of stress. So, take a step back… are there things going on in your life that might have affected your period to be late or even missed? If none of the above fit you and your environment, give yourself a few extra days to see if the period is really late, or if it’s still coming… (maybe just a couple days late!) Now, if you’re still not starting your period… 2. Confirm the pregnancy. Make an appointment with a professional. At-home pregnancy tests are popular… so you might have taken a couple and gotten positive results, but it’s important to know for sure. There are a lot of different pregnancy test options, some of which are less accurate than others. Even though our pregnancy tests are up to 99% accurate, a positive pregnancy test result should be followed with an...
Easy Healthy Habits to Develop

Easy Healthy Habits to Develop

It can be hard to always think about making healthy choices. As busy as we are with work, school, family, and friends, things like drinking enough water and keeping to a sleeping schedule can seem like a lot to remember. That’s where habits come in! All of us have lots of habits, things we do without thinking, that we don’t even realize we have. If you have a specific routine that you follow when you wake up or before you go to bed, you have habits. While forming habits takes some commitment and dedication, they are a great way to make healthy choices every day. It can seem daunting at first, but when a healthy choice activity becomes a habit it becomes easier and easier to make that choice or do that activity every day because you don’t have to think about it each time. Here are five healthy habits we should all try to get into, and some tips for achieving them: 1. Drinking enough water. Water intake is so important, but most people don’t get all the water they need each day. Keeping track of each glass of water you drink (whether on paper or with an app) is an easy way to realize how much – or how little – water you are drinking and also tracking your progress if you’re trying to improve. 2. Getting enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is hard, but sticking to a schedule and trying to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day makes it easier to fall asleep and avoid waking up tired. Remember to...