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...
Rock the Job Search!

Rock the Job Search!

Let’s face it: job hunting can stink. Getting paid is nice, though. There’s our dilemma. So, how do we make job hunting stink less? By being aware of the right places to look! In the past, job hunting was as easy as opening up the classifieds. Nowadays, there are connections, the internet, the classifieds, and even social media to help you find your dream job – or at least a place that will pay you to stand somewhere! From LinkedIn to your local paper, businesses are posting job listings every day, and it’s up to you to find them! Let’s talk about where and how to use the tools available to you: LinkedIn – Considered the “Facebook” of the professional world, LinkedIn is where you go to create professional profile for yourself. Think of it like a cross between Facebook and a resume! You can list your experience, education, volunteerism, and your skills. People that you are connected to can then “like” your skills which endorses you. Pretty cool, huh? LinkedIn also allows you to search companies for positions as well as put yourself out there as available for hire! Warning: this is your professional social media channel… no cat photos or party selfies here! Indeed – Indeed is a fantastic site that you can use to browse job postings all over the world. There’s quite a bit to sift through – you may be looking for a marketing gig but a fry cook position will pop up… but, ultimately, there are a lot of good listings as well. There are literally more than a billion job searches each...
How To Stay Safe On A Night Out

How To Stay Safe On A Night Out

As August is almost here, and college is quickly approaching… we are coming upon a time where more and more women will be going out in college towns.  When we go out as women, there are several things we need to be aware of and make sure that we pay attention to. Be sure to take the following precautions when you go out and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Go out in groups. There really is safety in numbers.  Generally, a group of 3-5 is a safe number to go out with.  Be sure to always have your cell handy, group up, and over communicate with the group you are out with!  Be sure one other person knows where you are at all times. Carry the essentials. There are a couple items that we can carry with us in our purses that will make us 10 times safer than if we were to go without them. The obvious cell phone.  If you do not have your phone, you have no way to communicate with anyone.  If you are in need of help, or just need to arrange a ride, you will need your phone. Pepper spray.  It is easy to think you’ll never be attacked.  And although we hope that rings true… just carry the pepper spray as a precaution.  Seriously… better safe than sorry. Walk where there is plenty of lighting. When you are on your way to and from your destination, make sure that your path is in well-lit areas. Prepare for your night out by doing the following: Write down important numbers. Your phone...
Picture This!

Picture This!

One of the best changes to smart phones in recent years has been the strong emphasis on its camera features. In a day where we’re all posting at least one picture to social media each day, it’s more important than ever to stand out from the crowd by understanding some basic photography principles. Whether you’re about to buy your third digital SLR… or you’re comfortable sticking with your cell phone, remember these tips as you shoot! Exposure – Have you ever walked into a dark room on a very sunny day? If so, you know how crazy it is for a few seconds before your eyes adjust to the room’s brightness. Guess what? Your camera must adjust as well! Unlike your eyes, you can help your camera adjust to the brightness by adjusting the “exposure compensation”. If you’re using a camera, there will be a setting attached to a button or through the menu. Most phones, on the other hand, have this feature enabled by simply tapping the area of the frame (the screen) that you want to adjust to.   Focus – This one may sound obvious, but how many times have you been tagged in a picture on Facebook that looks like a watercolor photo from 3rd grade? Or, perhaps, looks like it was created in colored sand? That’s because the subjects of the pictures were out of focus. If you have a digital camera, it may be as simple as half-pressing the shutter button which will allow the camera to auto-focus. On a phone, just like exposure compensation, all you have to do is simply tap...