Being pregnant can be an exciting, scary or overwhelming time – especially if you think you might be pregnant and weren’t intending to become pregnant right now. Even if you feel like your world is a bit out of control, there are people who can help you figure out whether or not you’re pregnant and help you sort through your options.
The most common sign of being pregnant is missing your period. However, this sign can be misleading if your periods are irregular.
You could also experience nausea, with or without vomiting. This is often called morning sickness, but can occur anytime day or night.
Your breasts may also feel sensitive and sore because of early pregnancy hormonal changes.
You may need to use the bathroom more often and feel unusually tired or moody.
You could also experience bloating, light spotting or cramping, constipation, food aversions and even nasal congestion.
You could have many of these signs and not be pregnant. Many of these signs could also be symptoms of being sick or under stress or could mean your period is about to start. And you can be pregnant without experiencing many of these signs of pregnancy.
Even if you’ve already taken a home pregnancy test, you should contact your health care provider or our clinic to have your pregnancy confirmed so you can begin getting the care you need.
Wondering what to do next?
If you think you might be pregnant in the Madison, Wisconsin area, we can help you find out for sure. Our clinic provides everything free of charge and confidentially – pregnancy testing, consultation on your pregnancy options, ultrasound as indicated and STD testing and treatment for women.
You will have the results of your pregnancy test during your appointment.
If you are pregnant, you have three options:
- Parenting – Continuing the pregnancy and raising your child
- Adoption – Continuing the pregnancy and letting someone else parent the child
- Abortion – Ending the pregnancy now by having an abortion
We can help you explore these options.
We will listen to you as you talk about your feelings, values and fears. We can help you think through who your support people are and talk about resources that are available to you. And we’ll answer questions you might have.
Wondering how to tell your parents?
This is a common question. You may be nervous about how your parents would react to the news of your pregnancy.
Everyone’s parents are different. However, parents may initially be disappointed but often become more supportive than you may expect. Your parents could become your biggest ally.
This is big news. Plan to have a conversation when you and your parent(s) have time to talk and aren’t already upset or really stressed about something. And probably not too late at night either so they’re not really tired.
You don’t have to walk through an unintended pregnancy alone. Talk with someone you trust or contact us and we can help. That’s what we’re here for.