The First Steps to Handle an Unexpected Pregnancy

Knowing what to do when an unexpected positive pregnancy test is looking back at you is overwhelming, to say the least. What do you do next? Where do you start?

At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we are here to walk with you each step of the way, one step at a time.

Take One Step at a Time

It is normal to feel anxious and emotional right now. Take a deep breath and focus on the next step to take. It’s overwhelming to imagine scenarios down the road that may never happen, so be gentle with yourself and start with one step: making an appointment to get unbiased support.

At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we understand all the intricate facets of the difficult choices you are facing, and we are here to walk alongside you every step of the way, so you feel empowered to make an informed and confident decision about your unexpected pregnancy.

Learn If You Are Really Pregnant

First, it is important to confirm your pregnancy. Our caring licensed medical professionals will provide you a confidential pregnancy test at no cost. If the test is positive, you will also receive a no-cost ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy.

Home pregnancy tests [1] claim to be 99% accurate, however, false-negative results and false-positive results happen.

False-positive results can happen when there are hormone problems, an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes) or a biochemical pregnancy (a miscarriage shortly after implantation in the uterus).

Learn If the Pregnancy is Viable

A positive pregnancy test doesn’t tell you if the pregnancy is viable. As many as 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage [2]. An ultrasound will tell you if the pregnancy is viable.

An ultrasound will also tell you if the pregnancy is in the uterus. If it is in the fallopian tubes rather than the uterus (ectopic pregnancy) [3], it can be life-threatening and needs emergency treatment.

Know Your Pregnancy Dates

This means to know how far along your pregnancy is. This is crucial information because it will influence your options. If you are considering abortion, different procedures are available during different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound is an accurate way to measure pregnancy dates.

Examine Your Options

Making a decision about an unexpected pregnancy might be the most important decision you have ever made. You need accurate and unbiased information to make your decision. It’s helpful to get support from loved ones, but keep in mind that despite their love for you, their advice can be influenced because they are so close to you.

You have three unplanned pregnancy options to weigh carefully, which include parenting, adoption, and abortion. It is a big decision, and our caring advocates are trained to help you sort through the aspects of each option in a safe and judgment-free environment. We understand how important it is that you are empowered with correct information and compassion to make the right decision for you.

We Can Help You

At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we are here to help you walk through each step of your unexpected pregnancy. If you are ready to take the first step, make an appointment with us today!

[1] Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Home pregnancy tests: Can you trust the results? Retrieved July 19, 2019 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/home-pregnancy-tests/art-20047940

[2] March of Dimes. (n.d.). Miscarriage. Retrieved July 19, 2019 from https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/miscarriage.aspx

[3] WebMD. (n.d.). What to know about ectopic pregnancy. Retrieved July 19, 2019 from https://www.webmd.com/baby/pregnancy-ectopic-pregnancy#1