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ANXIETY & PREGNANCY

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For some women, pregnancy is a joyful time as they excitedly await the arrival of their baby. For others, pregnancy can be some of the most stress-filled, anxiety-producing days of their lives. What is anxiety? According to MedlinePlus, anxiety is "a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and h...

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What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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The term "ectopic pregnancy" is something you may have heard of, but you might not know what it means and if you should be worried about it. It is important to know the signs and seek care by a licensed OB/GYN before determining what steps you should take regarding your pregnancy. Pregnancy is caused by a fertilized egg. This egg is carried through...

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WHAT ARE AT-HOME ABORTIONS & ARE THEY SAFE?

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An "at-home" abortion is the common name for a medication abortion. This type of abortion is done by taking the abortion pill. "The abortion pill is a two-pill process that ends a pregnancy within the first 70 days of gestation."1 The first pill is called Mifepristone, and it blocks your body's ability to produce progesterone. Progesterone is what ...

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HE WANTS ME TO GET AN ABORTION

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Pregnancy was not supposed to happen in this relationship. You've only been dating for a couple of years. He said he didn't want kids. You were on birth control. Up until now, having a baby hadn't crossed your mind. Then you missed your period.         Right now, you may feel like you're caught between t...

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PREGNANT IN SCHOOL

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How could this be possible? You never thought this could happen. But that little test staring up at you couldn't be clearer: You're pregnant. This was not a part of the plan. You're wondering, "Now what? What should I do? Can I even parent a child and go to school at the same time?" The short answer: Yes. You can. While parenting in school is ...

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WHAT IS SEXUAL COERCION & WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

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Have you ever been pressured by a spouse or partner to say "yes" to something physical or sexual when you would have rather said "no"? And you wake up feeling a sense of guilt and shame because of what you were pressured into? If someone has ever made you feel like you had to engage with them in a sexual way because they would be upset or angry&nbs...

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TYPES OF ABORTIONS

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That line on the pregnancy test was unmistakable: You're pregnant.  Depending on your circumstances, you might feel as though abortion is your only option. Before making important decisions regarding your pregnancy, it is vitally important that you understand the types of abortions, the possible complications, and future health risks. &nb...

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I'M PREGNANT. NOW WHAT?

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Think you're pregnant? Have you just tested positive? You're probably dealing with a wide range of emotions, some happy and some, well... not so much. Maybe your pregnancy was planned. Or maybe it wasn't. The question you're faced with is: Now what? Here are your next steps: 1. Take a deep breath. Don't let your emotions overwhelm you. You have opt...

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HOW DO I TELL MY PARENTS I'M PREGNANT?

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Has your pregnancy just been confirmed? It's time to tell your parents. But how? What should you say? Take a deep breath. You're not alone. Many women have been in the same position as you. Here are the steps you should take to tell your mom and dad that you are pregnant: 1.Have a Plan. It is important that you know how you're going to handle your ...

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POST-ABORTION STRESS SYNDROME

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Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome, also known as PASS, is a condition characterized by the emotional outcome of having an abortion. Women and men can experience deep depression because of an abortion even months after their baby was aborted. "Abortion can leave you feeling vulnerable, alone, and helpless. You are not alone." Symptoms of PASS: -Feeling ...

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HOW TO COPE WITH AN UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY

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Staring down at a positive pregnancy test can bring a wave of emotions: excitement, nervousness, anticipation. It can also make you feel scared, anxious, and worried. Here are a few tips on how to cope with an unexpected pregnancy. 1.Stay calm. You are not alone. Many women have been in this situation before. It's ok to be scared. But don't let you...

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SHOULD I TAKE THE ABORTION PILL?

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If you just found out you're pregnant, you might be scared, anxious, and overwhelmed. You may think that abortion is your only option. Before you make this important decision, you should know more about what the abortion pill is and how it works. How it works: There are actually two pills you have to take that contain two different drugs. The first...

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COMMON PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

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Have you been feeling kind of weird lately? Did you bypass your normal period, or do you find yourself more tired than usual? These may be signs that you're pregnant. According to Healthline, here are some common symptoms that point to pregnancy: Mild cramping or spotting Fatigue Nausea Sore breasts Frequent urination Bloating Motion sickness Mood ...

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WHY ULTRASOUNDS ARE SO IMPORTANT

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You wake up. Something just doesn't feel right. You decide to take a pregnancy test. It's positive. Now what? The words abortion, adoption, and parenting are all flying through your mind. I'm too young… I can't afford a baby… This wasn't supposed to happen. Take a deep breath. You're going to make it through this. Many women who face unplanned or u...

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AM I PREGNANT? TAKE THE QUIZ.

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Do you think you might be pregnant? Answer the questions below to find out if you might be! 1.Has your period hit this month? 1.Yep! Right on time. 2.No…it's pretty late, but I've had some spotting. 3.No, but I have irregular periods. 2.Have you had intercourse since your last period? 1.No. 2.Yes 3.Are you tired? 1.Not at all! 2.Kind of… 3.EXHAUSTE...

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HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

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How do I know if I'm in a healthy relationship? Many women ask this question, and it is beneficial to take a step back to take a good look at the relationship you have with your partner. While healthy relationships do not look the same for everyone, there are a few things that many of them have in common. These include: Comfortable and Open Communi...

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