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02What Pain Medications Can I Take During Pregnancy?   During pregnancy it is important to check with your doctor before taking any medication. Common headaches or colds can still happen during pregnancy, but you just need to be aware of what is safe to take while pregnant. Whatever you take orally for medications will also circulate to the developing fetus. This is why it is very important to consult your …

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Seeking Legal Abortion   You need to protect your own health and your own legal rights! There are laws in place to protect you. You have the right to: Insist that your abortion be performed by a licensed physician only To know the medical malpractice history of a physician To know if the doctor has an insurance policy that protects you in case of any injury during …

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PARENTING – It’s Not All Bad // Being a parent definitely has its challenges, but there is an infinite number of joyful and wonderful things about being a mom or dad. Parenthood will actually surprise and excite you, so don’t be so quick to accept everyone else’s negative talk. Here are some great things about being a parent: Unexplainable Love: You will experience a love that goes beyond all other loves …

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WHAT TO EXPECT: Ultrasounds Ultrasound varies depending on your medical provider. Most OBs will have basic recommended ultrasounds done but they are only ordered when medically necessary; it’s not just for fun. Basically, there are two recommended ultrasounds*: an early ultrasound to verify viability and a second trimester ultrasound. There is no known risk of fetal harm from ultrasound, however, the effects of repeated or excessive exposure to ultrasound is …

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Spiritual Health and Decision Making As individuals there are many layers to what the medical field considers our “health” – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In fact, body, mind and spirit are intricately linked; these make up who we are as human beings. Medical studies have been regularly conducted in recent decades and there is growing evidence revealing that spiritual health plays an important part in all other areas of …

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ONE TOO MANY?   Do you already have children and are you considering abortion? Are you thinking things like: I just don’t know if I can go through another pregnancy. Do I have enough energy to take care of another one? What will my boyfriend think when I tell him? Will I have enough money to support another child? I was just beginning to feel more free again and now …

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Abortion Pill Reversal Your right to choose includes the right to change your mind. WHAT IS A MEDICAL ABORTION? There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical. Surgical is the procedure (surgery) in which a doctor goes in to physically remove the baby from the womb, terminating it’s life. Medical abortion is a more recent option in which pills (known as RU-486) are prescribed to cause the termination of …

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Prenatal Vitamins Prenatal Vitamins are a daily multivitamin designed specifically to provide the added nutrients and minerals that a developing fetus needs, especially in the first few months, as well as replacing what the mother needs while the baby draws it out of her system. In fact, women who are planning to get pregnant are advised by the medical community to start prenatals even before they get pregnant. No matter …

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Pregnant and Homeless? Many times when a woman who is still living in her parents’ home discovers that she is pregnant, the very real possibility of being kicked out of her home is a scary reality. When someone is facing homelessness, life changes rapidly and decision making regarding the pregnancy can be affected based on circumstances. But deep down you may feel that having an abortion is not right for …

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Pregnancy & Gestational Diabetes Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Gestation means “during pregnancy.” Diabetes is a condition which affects blood sugar levels in the body and does require medical oversight. Gestational diabetes is something that can develop when a woman is pregnant but would not otherwise have diabetic issues. It causes high blood sugar and can affect both the mother’s and the baby’s health if left …

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The Father of the Baby – Why He Is Important Research has shown that the baby’s dad has the most influence over the pregnancy decision A majority of women choose an abortion because they do not want to be a single parent or may be having relationship problems Other statistics show that the father of the baby has significant influence out the outcome of the pregnancy, and he also affects …

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Pregnancy and Exercise Many people think that as soon as they get pregnant they need to stop all physical activity and be careful in case something may happen to the baby. Although it is important to be very careful when it comes to lifting things – things like boxes, heavy laundry baskets etc – there is no reason to stop all physical activity. In fact, physical exercise is beneficial to …

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Prenatal Care Prenatal means “before birth.” Prenatal care is the medical care recommended for pregnant women which monitors the progress of the pregnancy and the health of the unborn baby. It can also identify potential complications that can be either prevented or treated early. The consequences of not having prenatal care can be very serious. It also ensures your health so that you can stay healthy and strong not only …

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Ovulation is the brief time in a woman’s menstrual cycle in which she can get pregnant. Each month an ovary will release an egg for possible fertilization. Generally ovulation happens about two weeks after your period, but it can vary. If you have sex during this time and sperm from your partner finds that egg, it can fertilize the egg and pregnancy begins. Sperm can live in a woman’s …

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Mail Order Abortion Pills – What You Need to Know Medical abortion is a recent method in which a licensed medical professional (doctor/clinic) prescribes specific pills to terminate a pregnancy. It is important for you to know that any type of procedure performed or medication taken must be under the supervision of a legal medical provider for your own safety. Unfortunately, there is a growing industry of “mail-order” abortion pills, …

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Human Trafficking – What is it? It’s a phrase we are hearing more and more about on the news, internet, social media and other groups we may be involved with. By definition, human trafficking is “the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purpose of forced labor or sexual exploitation.” It is, in fact, modern day slavery. Most often we …

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Men and Unplanned Pregnancy:  Your Partner Is Pregnant and You Don’t Know What to Do Feeling panicked?  Wondering how this could have happened?  It is important not to make hasty decisions in the middle of the overwhelming thoughts and feelings; you need to take time to process what’s happened and make a plan.  Whatever your situation, understand that you are not alone. Many couples experience an unplanned pregnancy, and it …

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Men and Unplanned Pregnancy This unplanned pregnancy affects him too – he may just not know how to talk about it.   Most men are not as expressive as women about what they are thinking or feeling. They often do not talk about things as much as women do, or in the same way, so don’t think that his silence means he doesn’t care.   It is important to ask …

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QUICK FACTS: How Could An STI/STD Affect My Pregnancy? Pregnancy can be affected by a sexually transmitted infection and, if left untreated, can create serious health risks for you and your child.   Most OB/GYN offices will routinely screen for STIs at your first pregnancy (obstetrics) visit. It is possible to have an STI while pregnant and not have any symptoms. STIs can be passed to a developing fetus during …

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QUICK FACTS:   Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs) Anyone who is sexually active can contract an STI/STD. Birth control pills do not protect against STIs. Two most common kinds of STI/STD:   Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Others include: Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C STIs are transmitted by person to person contact through blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. Symptoms can vary and many times there may not be …

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Someone I know wants an abortion – what should I do? Your friend, sister, or daughter just told you she is pregnant.  You may be uncertain how to best support her.  Think about how she is feeling too.  She is facing an overwhelming situation and needs you right now!  Perhaps she has told you she is considering an abortion or is seeking out an abortion.  You can show her how much …

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