A friend is someone you can laugh with, spend time with, make memories with, and also someone you can trust and whose support you probably value. To be considered someone’s friend is to have a special place in her life and to be part of her support system. One most important time this may be the case is if a friend comes to you to confide that she thinks she may be pregnant.
As an organization that serves the greater St. Charles community, Birthright is always grateful for opportunities to meet people within the community to share what we do and how their support can make an impact in the lives of those we serve.
These connections happen in a variety of ways, from participating in organizational fairs to presenting to various groups about our mission. During our time doing community outreach, we have found that many people are often surprised to learn the scope of our history and services.
So, you think you might be pregnant, but you’re not entirely sure. Whether you’re just feeling “off” or you have already missed an expected period, there are both physical and emotional signs that can indicate pregnancy early on. The most common indicators of pregnancy as listed by the American Pregnancy Association (APA) include:
I found out I was pregnant the second semester of my freshmen year of college. It was early spring, and I knew I would have my baby during the fall semester, sometime in November. For the first several weeks of my pregnancy, I was not able to think long term. I could only focus on the present, how I felt I would have to quit everything in my life, and how many times I was throwing up. I began to miss almost all of my morning classes. I was a good student, with good intentions to go to class, but I would wake up and feel nauseous, sometimes even throwing up and having to go back to bed.
Spring is for new beginnings; a fresh start; a time for renewal. This is our goal for the moms we work with when they face an unintended pregnancy for the first time. Many encounter those initial “storms” of crisis, but, as Birthright provides hope, help and care to each mom’s specific circumstances and needs, they soon see their ability to weather the storm. They are ready to take on a new role; a new start; a new life.
Think you might be pregnant? Take a deep breath. Free pregnancy testing is available in a confidential and judgement free environment. If you’re nervous about what to expect, don’t be. Here’s a walkthrough of what you can expect before, during and after your free pregnancy test.