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Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?

According to the CDC:  “We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.”

For women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, the CDC says that much is unknown and that pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection: 

  • Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

For additional protective measures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

If you are concerned about a possible pregnancy and thinking about an abortion, call or text us: 443.333.8856.

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Pregnancy Relationships

Approachable vs. Controlling

I can easily tell my partner when I’m feeling upset or hurt.

or

My partner is possessive and controlling.

 

Here is a good question to ask yourself:  do you feel you need to hide things from your partner?  In a healthy relationship, there might be disagreements.  However, each partner should feel that they can still talk about their own feelings and opinions without fear.  We’ve talked a little in past blogs about some aspects of control (stalking; keeping track of your phone; managing your friendships with others, etc.).  But, a partner’s possessiveness and control can even intimidate what you are willing to share and express about how you feel.

It might be about sex.  You may not even want to be in a sexual relationship.  You may have tried to communicate this, but your partner isn’t listening.

It could be about a pregnancy or abortion.  While some women are initially upset about being pregnant, it is sometimes due to lack of support they feel from their partner.  A partner may even be pressuring an abortion.

If you are concerned that you may be facing pressure – whether about sex or abortion, we have free services that may help.

We offer free pregnancy tests, free STD testing, and free information on abortion procedures and risks.  Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

 

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Why come in for a pregnancy test?

If you have missed a period, you may begin to suspect that you are pregnant.  It can be an uneasy feeling—waiting and wondering.  While some people go to the drugstore for a pregnancy test, many are left with more uneasy feelings after taking the test at home: Did I do it right?  Could it be wrong?  How many should I do?  Our clients often tell us these things.

What can the Pregnancy Clinic do for you?  The Pregnancy Clinic offers a free, laboratory grade, pregnancy test, someone to run it for you, and someone to talk to about your options.  In addition, if you are taken off-guard by a possible pregnancy, you might be considering abortion.  If that is the case, a test alone may not be all you need.  A pregnancy test alone cannot determine if your pregnancy is viable, (meaning having a good chance of surviving). The test can detect whether or not the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is present in your urine, but a viability ultrasound is necessary to determine whether or not a living and growing baby is present. Some positive pregnancy tests do not result in a viable pregnancy!

If you are considering abortion, we can provide a pregnancy ultrasound after your positive test. This will help you determine if the pregnancy is heading towards survival or miscarriage.  If your pregnancy is not viable, the pregnancy may not survive on its own, sparing you from the emotional and financial burdens of an abortion.

We are here to help you in this difficult time.  All of our services are free.  Text us today for your appointment: 443.333.8856.

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What does my emotional health have to do with abortion?

Each woman (and man) should evaluate their past and present emotional health before considering an abortion procedure.  Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are your current struggles with depression and anxiety?  Both are at an increased risk with abortion.
  • What are your past moral convictions about abortion?  Often women say that they do not like the idea of abortion or even that they used to think abortion was wrong, but now that they are pregnant and overwhelmed, they don’t see another way.  It’s important to consider what it means emotionally to go against your convictions.
  • How will an abortion experience affect your ability to care for others?  Sometimes women or men think abortion is necessary because they have other children to care for already.  However, they may not be prepared for the emotional burden that comes with children being a reminder of the abortion of another child.

There are other things to consider as well depending on your own emotional and mental health history.  If you would like to discuss the abortion procedure, other options, or find out about viability sonograms, text us at 443.333.8856.  All of our services are free, and we often have same-day appointments.

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Are there any serious adverse effects of the abortion pill?

From the FDA web site:

“It is not uncommon for the FDA to receive reports of serious adverse events for prescription drugs after they are approved. The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex. As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal. The adverse events cannot with certainty be causally attributed to mifepristone because of concurrent use of other drugs, other medical or surgical treatments, co-existing medical conditions, and information gaps about patient health status and clinical management of the patient.”

The web site goes on to say:

“All providers of medical abortion and emergency room healthcare practitioners should investigate the possibility of sepsis in women who are undergoing medical abortion and present with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection. Strong consideration should be given to obtaining a complete blood count in these patients. Significant leukocytosis with a marked left shift and hemoconcentration may be indicative of sepsis.”

 

If you have concerns or want to know more about the Abortion Pill Regimen, call/text our office for an appointment: 443-333-8856.

If you have only taken the first dose of the medical or chemical abortion and are having second-thoughts, you may be able to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline now: 1-877-558-0333.

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I’ve had an abortion and something doesn’t feel right, what should I do?

If you are considering abortion, be sure to

  • Verify that your pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound.
  • Discuss and research your options.
  • Receive STD testing.
  • Know the type of abortion clinic, procedure, risks and side effects.
  • Find out about the abortion clinic’s procedures for handling emergencies during and after the abortion.
  • Find out your legal rights should there be a medical mistake due to the abortion.

If you have had an abortion, and you suspect something is wrong physically, you should call your doctor or get to an Emergency Room right away.

If you have had an abortion, and you are not feeling right emotionally, please contact our office.  Many women have varying degrees of emotional reactions after their abortion. You do not need to suffer alone; we are here to help you after your abortion.

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I’ve taken the first medicine of the Abortion Pill, and now I’m panicking.

Ever since the Abortion Pill came on the market, we have experienced this type of question, primarily from callers at home. This is a very scary and emotionally painful situation to face in addition to an unplanned pregnancy.  Many women, are unaware of the process of the Abortion Pill regimen.  In our modern culture, taking a pill sounds similar to what we do for a headache.  With that said, there are two things to consider:

Learn about the Procedure

  • If you have not yet taken either pill, find out what the procedure is, how the pills work, what to expect, how long it will take, what the side effects and risks are, and what to do in case of an emergency. Medication abortion requires a three (or more) step process. The first step is visiting an abortion provider for an assessment and the first dose of medication. Two days later, the patient takes a second dose of medication at home. After this dose, cramping will begin to expel the embryo. It is between these two steps that women will often call, wondering if they have made a mistake and if there is any help available to stop the abortion process.  After the second medication, some women have been caught off-guard by the amount of pain, blood, or fetal tissue they experience as the abortion completes itself.  Some women, wishing the process to be private, are facing this alone in their bathrooms.  The final step is to return to the abortion provider to determine if the abortion procedure was complete, as a surgical abortion may be necessary if it is not.

Abortion Pill Reversal

  • If you have taken the first pill, and are questioning your decision, we may be able to help save the pregnancy with progesterone therapy provided at our clinic. Progesterone has been safely used to support pregnancies for almost sixty years.  Please note:  this is not a guarantee, and the Abortion Pill regimen should not be started if you have any doubts.  However, if you have started the Abortion Pill and contact us right away, we will do our best to assist you.  Abortion Pill Reversal is safe and confidential but extremely time sensitive. If you have only taken the first medication and would like to talk to someone about abortion pill reversal, please call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 1.877.558.0333.
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I’m confused…What is the difference between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

You are not alone.  This can be very confusing.

Abortion Pill

Let’s start with the Abortion Pill.  If you have had a positive pregnancy test and verified that your pregnancy is viable (living), you might be contemplating an abortion.  Women considering abortion sometimes choose medication abortion, one of which is the Abortion Pill.  You may have read about this in our previous blog post or on our Web site.

Our clinic can discuss this abortion option with you and provide a free ultrasound to confirm viability.  Should your pregnancy not be viable, the difficult abortion decision may not be necessary.

Morning After Pill

The Morning After Pill is a different medication (levonorgestrel) and is designed to be taken hours to days after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy from occurring.  The Morning After Pill works in three ways: 1) delaying ovulation, 2) making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize and egg, 3) preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (early abortion).  It is important to consider your feelings concerning abortion before taking this medication, since the woman will not know the way in which it worked.  A pregnancy test to rule out an already existing pregnancy is recommended.

 

Our clinic can provide a free pregnancy test and information on the risks and side effects of this medication.  The user should be aware that some side effects could mask an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.

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What is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is a type of medication abortion (as compared to a surgical abortion).  It is the common name used for the regimen Mifeprex.  Those seeking abortion sometimes think that “medication” means “easy”. Since an abortion is an emotional decision, it is very important to understand the process so that the woman is not caught off-guard by the steps involved and the length of time to complete the abortion.

It is also important to be aware that should the medication abortion not succeed, a surgical abortion may be necessary.  Because two different medications are given at two different times (one to end the life of the embryo and the other cause contractions to expel the embryo), women may experience conflicting feelings about their decision before the abortion is fully complete. This, as well as managing the contraction and cramping stage at home, can be more difficult than she may have anticipated.

Our Clinic can provide information on the Abortion Pill regimen, answer questions and concerns involving the procedure and risks, and verify the viability of the pregnancy with ultrasound.  This can be especially important to make sure that the cramping (from the Abortion Pill) is not mistaken for an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

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I’m considering abortion, but worried it will be hard on me emotionally. 

You are in a unique situation – you have not yet had an abortion, yet you are anticipating the emotional effects it may entail.  You are to be commended for thinking ahead, and for considering your emotional state and how you handle trauma.  Because an unplanned pregnancy can be very scary, many women feel they have no choice but abortion, even if their heart or mind is warning them against it.  That fear can drive them to “act now–think later”.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself if you are in this situation:

  • What are my moral or spiritual beliefs concerning abortion?
  • How will an abortion experience feel to me five, ten, or twenty years from now?
  • What/who are the specific pressures causing me to consider abortion?
  • What current struggles do I have managing depression or anxiety?
  • What would make this pregnancy doable? What am I lacking?
  • What questions do I have regarding options, procedures, and risks?

Your first step will be to verify your pregnancy with a test and to check for viability (living pregnancy) with a sonogram, to determine if an abortion is even necessary.  The next step is to talk with someone who can help you know what to expect physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually with any of the options: abortion, parenting, or adoption, and what resources are available.  We are here to help.  Our services are free, and we may even be able to see you today.

Contact us today!