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  1. 1. Pregnancy<br /> Amanda Prifti<br />
  2. 2. Signs of Pregnancy<br />Early signs of pregnancy vary from woman to women and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.<br />Some early signs include: a missed, lighter, or shorter menstrual period than usual, breast tenderness or enlargement, nipple sensitivity, frequent urination, feeling unusually tired, nausea and/or vomiting, feeling bloated, cramps, increased or decreased appetite, and feeling more emotional than usual<br />
  3. 3. Finding Out<br />Any woman who has begun her period, has not experienced menopause, and who has vaginal intercourse with a man can become pregnant unexpectedly<br />Whether you are 14 or 45, every method of birth control can fail <br />It is possible, but very rare, for you to become pregnant without intercourse<br />
  4. 4. Pregnancy Test<br />
  5. 5. The Test<br />A simple way to find out is to take a home pregnancy test, which tests your first urination of the day<br />The test is very easy to use and is available in the family planning section of drugstores<br />The test can detect pregnancy starting at the time of your missed period, about two weeks after ovulation<br />Family planning clinics, women’s health centers, and medical offices offer both urine and blood tests<br />Both tests, known as monoclonal antibody tests, detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone present first in the bloodstream and then in urine during pregnancy.<br />Be cautious about assuming that a negative test is accurate because the test results can be negative because the test wasn’t performed correctly or because you tested too early in the pregnancy. <br />
  6. 6. You Are Pregnant!<br />If you learn that you are pregnant you will need time to adjust to the news and the vast range of emotions that follow <br />
  7. 7. Taking A Long Time To Find Out<br />It is not unusual to be more than two months into a pregnancy before we realize it.<br />Our culture and family upbringing may influence how we interpret the changes in our body<br />Whatever the reasons that you might delay, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible <br />
  8. 8. Deciding What To Do<br />Once you learn that you are pregnant, your next step is to decide whether to continue the pregnancy or have an abortion. <br />If you chose to carry to term, you may choose to raise the child yourself, or have the child raised through closed or open adoption, or foster care. <br />
  9. 9. Whom To Turn To<br />A partner who is loving and nurturing can offer wonderful support as you face an unexpected pregnancy<br />
  10. 10. A Strong-Willed Partner<br />Your partner may have reasons for wanting you to carry to term or to abort, but even his noble reasons might no consider what is best for you or a child<br />Trust your instincts, and seek support. <br />If your loved ones have strong opinions about what you should do, you may need support to stand against their opinions<br />Sometimes doing what your heart says means going against what they want.<br />
  11. 11. Abortion<br />Abortion is safe and legal in the United States, although your financial situation, age, and where you live can make it stressful<br />The safest, easiest, and most affordable time in within the first three months of pregnancy. <br />
  12. 12. Carrying To Term<br />If you decide to carry your pregnancy to term, it is important to seek medical care now. <br />Stop using alcohol and drugs, diet pills, herbal medicines, birth control, and over-the-counter medicines until you consult with a health care provider<br />
  13. 13. Parenting<br />Babies are remarkably resilient and adaptable when they have a consistent, emotionally nurturing caretaker and are comfortable, properly fed, and safe. <br />As more children grow up with no father figure around, and women become empowered and economically independent, it is socially acceptable for us to parents on our own.<br />
  14. 14. “I was in a stable, if long-distance, relationship with a supportive guy who I knew would be behind me no matter what I chose. I spent a week thinking, wondering, agonizing, and writing. At the end, I realized that I wanted to be a parent. I told my significant other that he could leave now, or he could stay and be a father. I’m glad he decided to stay. I’ve told my daughter, who is three now, this story many times. It’s one of her favorites. I want to make sure she knows that I wasn’t forced into having her, that I chose to be her mother.”<br />
  15. 15. Foster Care<br />Throughout history, shared child rearing in extended families and among friends has helped ensure that as many children as possible have a chance to thrive. <br />
  16. 16. Adoption<br />Adoption can be a difficult choice. If you chose this route, you will be well served by creating a deliberate adoption plan with an adoption counselor and by using a reputable agency.<br />It is standard practice for you as the birth mother to chose the adoptive family from a pool of applicants in order to determine how comfortable you are having them raise your child. <br />You can also find an adoptive family through a newspaper ad, an independent adoption facilitator, a medical practitioner, or a lawyer. <br />
  17. 17. Funny Pregnancy Video<br /><br />