How Soon Can You Tell You’re Pregnant?

Think you may be pregnant? If yes, then likely you’re looking for every little symptom to confirm your suspicions. The important thing is, don’t panic! Adding stress to the mix can affect the way your body functions, making it seem like you’re pregnant when you actually aren’t.   One of the first steps to figuring out whether you are pregnant is to learn how pregnancy works, from implantation and conception to common pregnancy symptoms. Then, you’ll want to know how early you can take a pregnancy test and what happens next if you find out you’re pregnant. Listed below you can find some helpful information to guide you through the process of confirming a pregnancy.   How Conception and Implantation Works The process of conception is the fertilization of an egg, or where the sperm meets the egg in your uterus. The fertilization turns the egg into an embryo that will continue to develop into a fetus as the pregnancy continues. Conception can only occur after ovulation. Ovulation is on average a 24-hour cycle of the egg being released. Sperm can live in the woman’s body for 3-5 days. If sperm is present during the time of ovulation, then conception can occur. If you are not currently ovulating, then conception cannot occur.   After fertilization, the process of implantation occurs, where the embryo actually attaches to the uterus, which is needed for further development. During this stage, women are likely to experience symptoms similar to periods, including cramping and light bleeding. Because of this, it is often confused as a period. Common Symptoms of Pregnancy While the symptoms listed below are all signs of early pregnancy, it’s important to consider your menstrual cycle, as well as current events and possible stressors in your life. Many of these symptoms may stem from something other than pregnancy. In addition, the possibility of being stressed or anxious about pregnancy can cause you to have these symptoms, even if you are not pregnant. Spotting or light bleeding. If you are pregnant, this is likely due to implantation. Missed period. The most common sign of pregnancy, but it’s also possible to still get your period in the early stages of pregnancy. Frequent urination. This is due to an increase in blood supply during pregnancy. Swollen breasts. Headaches. Fatigue. This can be because of increased hormones in your body after conception. Nausea. Similar to fatigue, increased hormones also heighten your senses, like increased sensitivity to smell. When Can I Take A Pregnancy Test? Before taking a test, it’s extremely important to wait until you’ve missed your period. First, this eliminates the possibility that the symptoms you may be experiencing are from something else. Second, urine pregnancy tests are most effective after a missed period. Urine pregnancy tests identify the pregnancy hormone hCG that is present after conception, so the more time after your missed period...

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What is the Abortion Pill?

What is the abortion pill? What does it do? How much does it cost? These are all questions you might be asking yourself if you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. If you are pregnant and aren’t sure what to do next, it’s totally normal. Truth is, even women who do want children experience second thoughts and anxiety when facing an unplanned pregnancy. The most important thing is to be fully educated and knowledgeable of the abortion pill, and all your options, and how your ultimate decision will affect your life.     What is the abortion pill? Because they’re both pills, the abortion pill is often confused with Plan B. Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, is very different than the abortion pill, which is an actual abortion procedure. The main difference in the two is where the pills are received and how far along in pregnancy you can take them. Plan B is available over-the-counter and is taken immediately after intercourse, up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The abortion pill, also known as RU-486 and Mifeprex, must be administered by a medical professional and can be taken up to 10 weeks after intercourse, but is more successful the earlier its taken.   How does the abortion pill work? The abortion pill is a two-step process. A medical professional administers the first pill and the second pill is taken on your own at home, up to 48 hours later. The first pill stops your body from producing a hormone that is needed to further develop the fetus, while the second works to remove the tissue and empty the uterus, having the same effects on your body as a miscarriage. There is no set amount of time on how long it will take to start to empty the uterus after taking the second pill. You will likely experience severe cramping and bleeding during this process.   Am I eligible for the abortion pill? The abortion pill is 98 percent effective if taken in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, but can be taken up to 10 weeks after conception. In the event the procedure fails and is not successful, a surgical abortion will be required. To determine how far along you are, schedule a no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasound with a pregnancy care center, like ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center.   After passing the eligibility period for the abortion pill, it’s important to consider state laws for other procedures. In the state of Maine, aside from health-related exceptions, it is illegal to have an abortion if the fetus is viable, meaning that it could successfully live outside the womb. Fetuses are usually viable around the end of the second trimester, sometimes third trimester. In addition, women under the age of 18 require parental, guardian or an adult family member’s consent before receiving the procedure.   Cost of the abortion in...

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Pro-Woman

Recently I went on a business trip to California with my husband. I thought it would be a great time to get away and soak in some California sun vs. Maine sun! We went to the usual conferences and dinners. Interestingly enough there was opportunity to share about ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center even at these events. People would ask what I did for work and I explained I was a Registered Nurse.  And of course the next question was what kind of nursing do you do? I love this question. It allows me to really share ABBA and our love for people. It always surprise me how interested people are to hear about ABBA.  As an RN and working in the women’s health field it is so much more common to hear people talk about women’s rights, and how abortion options flow freely from physicians’ mouths to patient ears. Sometimes during these opportunities I find myself holding my breath waiting for the negative comments to start but typically I find the interest to be welcoming and curious. I explain that ABBA is a non-profit Christian organization offering free services. Our medical clinic offers FREE pregnancy testing, FREE limited STI testing, FREE limited obstetrical ultrasounds (all performed by our licensed and trained RN’s), options counseling and abortion information. Our support services offered include our Teen Parenting programs, Parenting courses, Pre-Natal courses and education,  Abortion Recovery program, Sexual Integrity programs, to name a few! We offer referrals and resources (including adoption referrals and info) for a variety of organizations in our area that help with many challenges of pregnancy and parenting. I like to call what I do Pro-woman. What is Pro-woman? It is shutting out the voices of the world. This includes friends, family, co-workers and sitting down and having a one-on-one conversation with a woman who is struggling. Discussing the now:  work, stresses, stressors, support, living situations, financial pressures, church, spiritual life, nutrition and much more. Discussing all three options of a pregnant woman:  parenting, adoption, and abortion. It is making a pros and cons list and discussing consequences of all decisions. It is giving ALL the information. It is crying, laughing, hugging, praying, celebrating and mourning together. Pro-woman is throwing out all my judgments and expectations and walking into this clinic praying that God’s love will shine through me and his words will be heard. It is sharing hope to hopeless women who may have had one or more abortions and are struggling inside. That desperate need to lean on someone to share this burden and not feel condemned but to know there is compassion.  It is the intimate moment of holding hands with another woman in deep sorrow and praying to a God who cares. Praying not just for her decision with her pregnancy, but for ALL of her- her family, job, faith and courage. We...

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The Joy of Christmas

Christmas is the time of year when most of us think about holidays, shopping, snow, decorations and all the joyful anticipation that Christmas and thoughts of a New Year brings.  But maybe this season you are worried and scared about what your New Year may bring…  We are here for you. More than 2000 years ago, there was another young mother in the Middle East who also found herself in a similar situation.  She was pregnant…not by the man she was engaged to…scared…what would her family and community  think…would her fiancé stay with her…worried with fears of the future…could she handle the responsibility…was she ready for this responsibility?  What if she had had a place to go where she would be loved, respected for her decisions and choices, offered community support, given support in the early days of pregnancy and motherhood?  Would her fears have been soothed? We want to be that bridge of support for you during a time that can be confusing and full of anxiety. If you are that woman…please call us or text us.  We are waiting to hear from you.  We exist to serve you during this time. That woman 2000 years ago, despite all the challenges she faced, carried that little one and birthed a miracle…a child that was the Savior of the World!  Who might your little one become…? We are here for you. #pregnant  #pregnancyhelp  #pregnantandscared  #ultrasounds ...

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Our Clinic Days Are Expanding

Exciting changes are happening here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center starting the second week of November.  Our clinic days are EXPANDING.   As of October 1st, we have welcomed a second nurse to our staff, Pollyanna Nickerson.  Pollyanna has just completed her nurse sonographer training and is now seeing clients and offering full clinic services on Tuesdays (pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and limited STI testing).  We are so excited to be able to offer you with more days and hours to choose from to meet your needs.  Our clinic will be open for appointments from 10am to 4pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.  Spread the word! To book an appointment, Click Here #ultrasounds  #abba   #pregnancyhelp  #ultrasounds  #pregnant  #pregnancyresourcecenter...

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Thinking You Might Be Pregnant?

Thinking you might be pregnant?  You’ve come to the right place. Common symptoms of pregnancy include a late or missed period, tender or swollen breasts, frequent urination, fatigue, and nausea.   A woman might miss her period for many reasons, a change in diet, exercise, or stress, all can cause a late period.  Sometimes, women have late periods for reasons they’re never able to trace. The first step to take to see if you might be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  We can provide a test for you if you haven’t already taken one at home.  If your test is positive the next step is to have an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable and how far along you are.  We offer free ultrasounds to determine viability and gestational age.  An ultrasound is also the only way to determine if you have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a life threatening emergency that requires immediate medical intervention.  We can give you answers. There are bound to be a lot of thoughts swirling around your head.  Those thoughts might change from moment to moment…excitement…anxiety…happiness…anger…  How you are feeling is completely normal and it may change over and over. What is Emergency Contraception? Do I want an abortion? Is parenting right for me? Adoption? Do I have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)? Making a decision might feel impossible at this moment but we are here to help you sort through those thoughts and decisions, to help you figure out what is best for you.  Call us at 207.253.5555 for an appointment.  You are why we are here. #pregnancyresourcecenter  #pregnancyhelp  #ultrasound  #unplannedpregnancy  #abba  #abbaportland  #earnwhileyoulearn  #sti  #freeservices ...

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