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How Will My Body Change During Pregnancy?

One of the biggest questions you may have when you find out you are pregnant is what impact it will have on your body.

Well-known changes will happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but remember that every woman’s body is different, and the changes and symptoms you experience can vary.

Early Changes to Your Body

While your body will change throughout pregnancy, many of the significant changes you notice will occur in the early stages of your pregnancy. 

  1. Mood Swings: One of the first noticeable changes your body will experience is a surge in hormones. Your body uses these hormones to grow the pregnancy, but they also impact your emotions. It’s not unusual to experience a rollercoaster of emotions that can range from happiness to worry. 
  2. Morning sickness: The surge in hormones can also lead to the symptom you’ve heard called “morning sickness.” The severity of morning sickness can vary and may come at different times of day other than just in the morning. While it can last longer into a pregnancy, the feeling of being sick or queasy usually goes away after the first 3 months.
  3. Frequent urination: Your body will increase blood flow early in your pregnancy to nourish the growing pregnancy. This increase means your kidneys are working to filter that additional blood, resulting in more frequent urination. 
  4. Fatigue: With all the work your body does to grow your pregnancy and the energy it uses, you will notice you feel more fatigued than usual.

Other Changes During Pregnancy

As your pregnancy grows into the second and third trimester, you will notice more outward changes in your body. 

Your baby bump will grow as your uterus expands to accommodate the developing pregnancy. 

The growth of your uterus will also increase pressure on the bladder, leading to more trips to the bathroom.

You may also notice some swelling in your feet and ankles in the later stage of your pregnancy. 

You’re Not Alone

Experiencing a pregnancy and the associated changes to your body can feel overwhelming and scary. 

But the good news is you don’t have to experience those changes alone; A Friend for You staff are here to help.

Our team is made up of women who know the fear and apprehension of pregnancy. We are prepared to give you the help you need–from providing essential information to being a listening ear. 

A member of our team will also connect you with resources in the community, all things that can empower you to make the best decision for your future and your health. 

Contact us today to get the answers and peace of mind you need.

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What Do I Need to Know if I’m Pregnant in High School?

Finding out you are pregnant while still in high school can feel overwhelming and scary. You may be wondering if abortion is your only option, or if it’s possible to finish school while pregnant, and what a pregnancy means for your future.

The good news is you are not alone. There are resources and support that can help you wade through the confusion and get the answers you need. Read on to find out more.

You Have Options

First, there are laws that protect you and your rights. Title IX is a law that makes it illegal to discriminate against pregnant women or parents while they are attending school. 

Also, many organizations in your community have resources designed to help you if you are pregnant in school or in the early stages of parenting.

These resources for pregnant students vary from assistance with medical care, career counseling, parenting classes, and much more. 

There are also women’s clinics that will provide free ultrasound scans to confirm your pregnancy—providing you with the valuable information you need to know your options and help you make the best decision for your future.

Where to Start

It can be confusing to know where to begin with getting the information you need about your pregnancy or knowing the resources available to you in your community.

Are you feeling you could use some more support, even though you may have some friends and family you can lean on?  That’s where A Friend for You can help. Our team is made up of women who know the stress and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy and are prepared to give you the help you need–on your terms.  

One of our team members will be the knowledgeable support you need, helping provide the information about resources and options in the community available to you, including where to start getting the details you need about your pregnancy.   

They’ll also be a listening ear, letting you share your thoughts and concerns about your pregnancy and helping you find answers to your questions.

Deciding how to handle an unplanned pregnancy is a big decision that will impact the rest of your life, but you don’t have to be alone while making that decision.

Reach out to us today and start getting the judgment-free help you deserve.

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How Do I Find Pregnancy Resources in My Community?

Gathering information and resources may be the last thing on your mind when you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant. The good news is that we’re here to help you get some ideas on where to start.

Read on to learn more about the types of pregnancy resources and support available in your community.

Types of Pregnancy Resources

There are multiple categories of pregnancy resources and programs available to those who are pregnant, and they can provide for the different types of needs you may encounter.

Government Assistance 

Government assistance can range from health insurance that will pay for your medical care to programs that assist in providing proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy and your baby after you give birth.

Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinics 

Women’s pregnancy care clinics, sometimes called pregnancy resource centers, are oftentimes specifically dedicated to providing resources to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. 

Some of these resources can be very valuable in the early days of your pregnancy, including free ultrasound scans of your pregnancy, as well as guidance and counseling to answer your questions and help you learn about all your options.

Nonprofit Organizations

Many nonprofits are focused on helping and empowering those who are pregnant to succeed. 

On top of all that, these organizations offer a strong network of support for you from other women who are excited to help you succeed. 

Schools 

If you are still a student, your school may have programs and assistance for you as well. Many schools know the needs of their students can change unexpectedly and have resources already in place for those developments. 

This includes resources that allow those who are pregnant and young moms the opportunity to continue to pursue their education and professional plans.

Where to Get Started

With all the pregnancy resources and support available to you in your community, you may feel confused about where to start.

That’s where A Friend for You can help. We can match you with a member of our team who knows what it’s like to face something overwhelming, like an unplanned pregnancy. 

They’ll listen to your concerns, learn the needs you have, and be able to connect you to the best programs, resources, and organizations to help you with your pregnancy. 

Even more than that, they’ll support you, walk alongside you, and be there for you as you move forward in your pregnancy journey.

Contact us today to get started and be empowered to make the best decision for your future.

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What Does It Mean To Be ‘A Friend’?

It can feel lonely and isolating as you are unsure who is safe to talk to about your pregnancy. Especially in the beginning, you may find it difficult to relay your feelings to your loved ones.

That’s why we established A Friend for You…

What is a Friend for You? 

Sometimes just being able to talk out loud to someone is helpful in processing your thoughts and feelings. 

And it’s that much easier to do that when you can talk freely with a friend who won’t judge you, get upset, or share your conversation with your other friends.

That’s what it means to be ‘A Friend’ and what you’ll find at A Friend for You.

Our team knows what it’s like to experience an unplanned pregnancy and is here for you, listening to all your questions and concerns and being there for you as you decide the best option for your future.

How it Works?

When you contact us, we match you with ‘A Friend’ to journey with you.

This friend is there as a listening ear, letting you share your fears and talk through your thoughts and emotions about your pregnancy.

Even more than that, thanks to our network in the community, she can also connect you with the valuable resources you’ll need to make the best decision for your health and future. 

Everything from knowing the best health clinics in your area that provide free pregnancy test confirmation and ultrasound scans to what resources and programs are available to you at your school and in your community.

Get the Support You Deserve  

You are not alone. 

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and unsure who to talk to, contact our team at A Friend for You. 

We will be the friend who is there to help and support you, walking alongside you and empowering you to make the best decision about your pregnancy. 

Contact us today to find the friend you deserve for this journey.

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How Do I Decide What to Do With My Unplanned Pregnancy?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely feel scared and confused. It can be overwhelming trying to understand what options are available and what choice is best.

Your decision will impact your future and your health, but there are steps you can take that can help you make the best choice. Read on to learn more about these steps. Or, if you’re looking for pregnancy support, contact A Friend for You to receive free pregnancy support and encouragement.

Get the Facts You Need

Gathering all the facts you can about your pregnancy is one of the first steps toward taking control of the decisions around your unplanned pregnancy.

Pregnancy Testing and/or Ultrasound

The first fact to gather is whether you’re, in fact, pregnant. Confirming your pregnancy with a medical-quality pregnancy test from a women’s health clinic is important. Many clinics offer these tests free of charge at their offices, ensuring the result is 99.9% accurate.  

Once you confirm your pregnancy, a follow-up ultrasound scan is recommended. This scan can provide valuable information about your pregnancy that will determine what options are available to you.  

Get the Support You Need  

Finding out you are facing an unplanned pregnancy can make you feel isolated and alone, unsure of who to talk to—but that doesn’t have to be the case.

If you are uncomfortable with talking to your partner or family and friends about your pregnancy, the team at A Friend for You is here to help.

Not only can we direct you to health clinics in your area that will provide free pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans, but we are here to provide you one-on-one support and listen to your concerns.  You’ll have a friend, regardless of what you choose for your future. 

We can also direct you to resources and community programs that are specifically designed for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Remember, you are not alone, and you do not need to feel rushed into a decision by your partner or others. It’s your future, so the decision of how to handle an unplanned pregnancy is your choice to make. 

Contact A Friend for You today and get the answers and support you need to be empowered to make the best decision for you.

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Where Can I Get Support During My Pregnancy?

Finding out you are pregnant with an unplanned pregnancy can feel very scary and overwhelming. You can also feel alone and isolated, unsure about whom to talk to or where to go to find help and answers.

The good news is that you are not alone, and there are a multitude of resources and programs to help you navigate an unplanned pregnancy.

Getting the Help and Answers You Need

In today’s modern America, women facing an unplanned pregnancy can not only get support, but can be empowered to continue their life, education, or career thanks to a large network of organizations—from government programs to nonprofits to women’s medical clinics.

Some of these programs and resources include:

  • Government Assistance: this can range from programs to pay for medical care to programs that assist in providing proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy.
  • Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinics: Many of these clinics have specific resources dedicated to women facing an unplanned pregnancy and can provide things like pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans free of charge.
  • Nonprofits: Many nonprofits are dedicated to empowering pregnant women to succeed and have programs that can assist you in everything from resources for your pregnancy to parenting classes to career-building skills. More than that, they provide a strong support network of other women committed to seeing you succeed.
  • Schools: Many schools understand the changing needs of their students and have specific resources to allow pregnant women or young moms the ability to continue their education and career goals.

Getting Started

As you can see, the good news is that there is an abundance of resources and support  available if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, but it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s where the staff at A Friend for You can help. Our team is composed of women who know what it’s like to face an unplanned pregnancy, and they know all the resources and programs available to you. 

Not only can we direct you to the organizations and programs best suited for your specific journey, we can also be a listening ear as you decide what the best decision is for your health and future.

You’re not alone—contact us today to start getting the answers and help you need.

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How Do I Tell My Parents I’m Pregnant?

Telling your parents you’re pregnant can be scary and intimidating. Not knowing how they will react can make you much more uneasy—will they cry, be upset, or both? 

Just as you felt overwhelmed and confused when you first discovered you were pregnant, your parents will also feel those same emotions. Their minds will start racing with what your pregnancy means for you, your future, and ultimately, the family. 

The Best Way to Tell Your Parents

First, don’t wait too long. Some pregnancies face complications, and if there is a situation where your pregnancy needs medical attention, you’ll want to make sure your parents are aware so they can help you make informed decisions about your health.

Also, the longer you wait, the higher the risk they will find out about your pregnancy from someone else, which can hurt them and complicate an already complicated situation.

When telling your parents, try to find a time when they are in a suitable environment physically and emotionally. Find a quiet, private place rather than a public setting with others around. 

You’ll also want to talk to them when they are calm, not upset about something else, or distracted by another situation.

One important note: Your safety is the top priority—if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel like you are in physical danger, then call 911 right away and attempt to get to a safe place.

Have the Facts

One of the best ways to address your parent’s fears—and your own—is to know the facts about your pregnancy and options.

Knowing important details like how far along you are, if the pregnancy is viable, and what options you have can answer some of their immediate questions and concerns.

Sharing these details and ways your parents can support you can help reassure them about how your family will handle your pregnancy.

We’re Here to Help

The team at A Friend for You knows how overwhelming it can feel to face an unplanned pregnancy and the fear of how loved ones will react. That’s why we are here to help you get the answers and support you need. 

Our staff can connect you with trusted health clinics that can provide free pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans to confirm your pregnancy and give you the crucial details to find what options are available.

We can also guide you to local programs and resources that can help both you and your family as you navigate this decision. 

Through it all, we are here for you, listening and helping you process all the feelings and concerns of an unplanned pregnancy. 

Schedule an appointment today, or text or call us at 970.481.4787 and start getting the help and answers you need.

 

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I’m Afraid of How My Partner Will React to My Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed with all the unknowns and questions you have. One of those unknowns is being afraid of how your partner will react to the news that you are pregnant.

You may be worried they will panic and be angry at you and the situation. The first thing to remember is that your personal safety is the most important thing. If you are ever in a situation where you feel like you are in physical danger then call 911 right away and attempt to get to a safe place.

It’s also important to remember you have the legal protection to make decisions for the health of your body, and no one else–not even your partner–has the right to force you into a decision about what option is best for handling your unplanned pregnancy

Get the Facts

When you tell your partner you are pregnant they will likely feel overwhelmed with the same concerns and fears you felt when you first discovered you were pregnant. 

At-home pregnancy tests can sometimes give a false positive, and some pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Confirming your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test and an ultrasound scan can help rule out these types of issues.

Get the Help You Need

Visiting a local healthcare provider will be an important step in getting the facts and details you need in preparation for talking with your partner, but it can be hard to know where to start or who to call.

That’s where A Friend for You can help. Our team is made up of women who know the fear and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy and are prepared to give you the help you need.

We can connect you with health providers in the community–including local clinics that provide free pregnancy test confirmation and free ultrasound scans–to help give you the info you need about your pregnancy. 

Our team can also guide you to local programs and resources that can assist both you and your partner as you navigate this decision. Through it all we are here for you, being a listening ear and helping you process all the feelings and concerns of an unplanned pregnancy.  

Contact us todaytext or call us at 970.481.4787 and start getting the help and answers you need.

 

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How Will Pregnancy Affect Me Mentally?

If you have recently found out that you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, you may be wondering what impact it might have on your mental health.

What is Mental Health?

You’ve probably heard the term mental health used quite a bit recently, but do you know what it means? 

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. 

Put another way, your mental health has a big impact on your life–from your physical health to the decisions you make.

Mental Health During Pregnancy

As your body changes during pregnancy you might also see changes to your emotions and mental health. The good news is what you experience will likely be very typical. 

In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s normal to feel delighted, anxious, exhilarated, and exhausted–sometimes all at once. It’s also not unusual to experience depression during your pregnancy. This is due to both your body changing and producing hormones, as well as your mind adjusting to a new reality. 

But if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy these feelings can sometimes feel even more overwhelming, as you try to consider your options for your future and your health. 

Mental Health and Abortion

If you’re considering an abortion you have probably already seen and are familiar with the potential risk and side effects to your physical health. But did you know that research is now finding a link between abortion and mental health risks?

Psychotherapist Vincent Rue was one of the first medical experts to conduct a study that explored the negative mental health impact of abortion on women. The study found that women who have had an abortion experience increased feelings of guilt, shame, and regret. Additionally, the study found that women who had abortions were at a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

Another study connecting abortion and negative mental health impacts was done by David Fergusson, a renowned researcher who has conducted extensive research on the negative impact of abortion on women’s mental health. His research found that women who have had abortions are at a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety, and that these mental health problems often persist for years after the abortion. Additionally, Fergusson’s research showed that women who have had abortions are also at a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems, such as alcoholism and drug addiction.

We Care About You. 

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, the staff at A Friend For You is here for you. Our team is made up of women who know the fear and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy and are prepared to give you the help you need–from providing important information for you to being a listening ear. We also can connect you with resources in the community, from free pregnancy testing to free ultrasound scans, all the things that can empower you to make the best decision for your future and your health. 

It’s your health and future, so you deserve to get the information and support you need. 

Contact us today 

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What Do I Need to Know if I am Pregnant in College?

If you are a college student and have gotten a positive result from an at-home pregnancy test, or even think that you may be pregnant, you may be wondering what happens next. You may be overwhelmed and fearful about what your future holds–can you still attend college while you are pregnant, and is abortion your only option? You may not be near any family or friend support while at college also.  The good news is you’re not alone: there are answers to your questions and people who want to help you.  

Is Abortion My Only Option?

Abortion is one of the options you have when facing an unplanned pregnancy, but it’s not the only option. First, it’s possible to continue your college education while you are pregnant, and not only is it possible but you have legal rights as a pregnant student.  

Title IX, is a law that protects pregnant and parenting students from discrimination, whether they are in high school or college. Also, your college, and many others in your community, are committed to seeing young women succeed, and even have programs to help you reach your goals.

What Are My Options?

The first step in the process is to confirm that you are pregnant. You may have already taken an at-home pregnancy test, but those can sometimes provide inaccurate results, especially if they are not used in the proper way. You can contact us for referrals to medical clinics in your area that will provide free, medical-grade pregnancy tests for you.

Some of these clinics will also provide a follow-up ultrasound at no cost to you. This ultrasound can provide key facts for you, like the age of your pregnancy, if it is viable, as well as the location of your pregnancy.

All of these details are an important part of making the best decision for your health.

Where Do I Start?

Finding the resources you need to confirm your pregnancy and get the answers you need can feel overwhelming. But the staff at A Friend For You is here to help. Our team is made up of women who know the stress and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy and are prepared to give you the help you need–on your terms. By being a listening ear, connecting you to resources and medical services in the community, we will empower you to make the best decision for your health and future.

Remember, no one should pressure you to make a decision about your pregnancy before you are ready, and you won’t jeopardize your education by being pregnant. Not only do you have legal protections against any discrimination, but there are also many programs and resources in your community to help you as a college student facing an unplanned pregnancy.  

Contact us today to start getting the answers you deserve about your pregnancy, your health, and your future.