How Can I Tell I am Pregnant?

How Can I Tell I am Pregnant?

How can you tell you’re pregnant? It’s a question that may keep circling around your mind, especially if you aren’t expecting, or wanting, to get pregnant. At Avail NYC, we understand and want to make sure you have all the information you need.

A missed period is the most obvious symptom, but there are a number of other symptoms that can also point to pregnancy, as long as you know what to look for.

In the end, though, there is only one way to be absolutely certain of pregnancy and that is a pregnancy test followed up by an ultrasound.

Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • A missed period, of course, is the main symptom of pregnancy if it’s a week or more late. If you have an irregular cycle, however, a late period does not necessarily indicate pregnancy.
  • Fatigue. The hormone level of progesterone increases rapidly in early pregnancy and can be the source of that tired feeling.
  • Nausea, also called morning sickness, can vary widely. Some women never experience it, while others can’t seem to stop vomiting. Most women, though, land somewhere in the middle. The nickname is a bit misleading as this can occur any time of day or night.
  • Tender, swollen breasts often catch your attention because they are uncomfortable. If you are one of those women who experiences this symptom each month when you get your period, it may not be an obvious sign of pregnancy. This usually does not last more than a few weeks.
  • Urinating more frequently. According to Mayo Clinic, “You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.”
  • Moodiness may be part of your period symptoms, but it can also strike when pregnant. You may find yourself more emotional and irritable than usual, or possibly having mood swings as well.
  • Food aversions or cravings can also be caused by hormonal changes. You may become temporarily more sensitive to certain foods, or their odor. For instance, you may decide you can’t stand the smell of microwave popcorn, something you have always loved. On the other hand, you might find yourself craving one type of food or food combination very strongly.
  • Bloating can be chalked up to hormones as well. You may feel bloated, similar to when getting your period.
  • Cramping can also occur early on, leading you to think your period is coming.
  • Light spotting is another symptom that can be misleading. “Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, about 10 to 14 days after conception,” Mayo Clinic notes. “Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.” If you have any concern whatsoever about spotting, or bleeding becomes any heavier, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Constipation can also be a hormone side effect, where the digestive system slows down.
  • Nasal congestion can be another pesky symptom thanks to hormones and an increase in blood production.

Find Out For Sure

The one way to find out for sure if you are pregnant is a pregnancy test. Make an appointment to come into Avail NYC, where we can give you a free, self-administered, lab-quality urine test. If it comes back positive, we can refer you for a free ultrasound that will tell you if the pregnancy is viable, and how far along you are.

Our caring, compassionate advocates are here to empower you and help you get the information you need so you can make a thoughtful decision about an unexpected pregnancy.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider

Avail Offers Free Pregnancy Tests

Avail Offers Free Pregnancy Tests

Being faced with an unplanned pregnancy is always a little frightening. In one moment, you’re suddenly facing the prospect of parenthood. In the few seconds it takes to check the test, everything changes.

The first moments after seeing a positive pregnancy test can feel like a whirlwind, and you may find yourself with lots of questions and very few answers. What do I do now? Who do I tell? Am I ready for this? Should I take another test? There won’t necessarily be easy answers to all the questions you’ll find yourself asking, but taking the right steps now can help you make a confident decision for your future.

Stay Calm

Panic is often a first instinct after a positive pregnancy test when parenthood isn’t currently in the plans. However, it’s important to stay as calm as possible. Excessive stress isn’t good for your health, so do what you can to stay calm, whether it is your preferred form of self-care or another relaxation method. If you can, talk over your situation with loved ones like parents, partners, and close friends, and don’t hesitate to lean on those around you.

Take a Test

You’ve probably already taken a test, but before making any big decisions, you should probably take another.

Early pregnancies can be unpredictable; a significant percentage of pregnancies in the first few weeks end in miscarriage, often before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. Before making any decisions, it’s important to get an accurate test. You don’t have to wait and wonder. At Avail NYC, free same-day pregnancy test appointments are always available, giving you a caring, confidential resource at any time. With a self-administered, laboratory-quality pregnancy test from Avail, you can confirm your pregnancy and learn more about the options available to you.

Talk to Someone

If you’re not sure how you want to proceed with your pregnancy, a listening ear can be a huge benefit, helping you to evaluate your options and make an educated decision. At Avail NYC, we offer client advocacy services for women facing unplanned pregnancy in addition to free same-day pregnancy test appointments, giving you the tools to fully evaluate your situation and make an empowered choice.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and aren’t sure where to turn, Avail NYC is here for you. With free same-day self-administered pregnancy tests, confidential advocates, and even further resources, we’ll be by your side every step of the way.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider


How to Tell My Mom I’m Pregnant

How to Tell My Mom I’m Pregnant

Caitlin sits in her room, crying so hard her whole body shakes. So many thoughts run through her head. Mostly just no, repeated over and over. Until her mom knocks on the door and asks, “What’s wrong? Caitlin?”

On the other side of town, Shaunda sits in class. Her eyes are red, but no one really notices. She keeps her head down and tries to focus on her exam, but her mind is awhirl. When her shoulders start to shake, her professor comes over, puts a hand on hers, and quietly asks, “Is something wrong? Can I help you?”

A third girl, Phoebe, looks at her best friend as they walk through the park. She asks the big question, the one that is running through each girl’s mind: “How do I tell my mom I’m pregnant?”

Look at Your Options

We know an unexpected pregnancy can be really tough news to get. The shock and fear can be paralyzing, and you may not know where to turn, or who you can talk to at first. Despite what you may be thinking, you are not alone.

Our compassionate, unbiased client advocates are here for you and can help you plan what to say when talking with your mom. They will guide you through a decision-making tool to help you decide which option is right for you.

At Avail NYC, we want to make sure you are informed on each of these choices so you are able to make the best possible decision for you. They can also help you plan how to talk to your mom.

Put Together a Plan

Timing can be important, especially when you have difficult news to share. Plan to tell your mom at a time when she’s not busy with important things, and when there will be plenty of time to talk. If she’s on deadline for a work project or about to rush out the door, that might not be the opportune time. Also, have a backup time, just in case something comes up.

When you do sit down to talk, being direct is usually the best choice. Talking all around a subject when one person doesn’t know what’s at the heart of it can be frustrating, and that won’t help you. Just as you were surprised, expect your mom will be, too. Give her some time to move past that and calm herself. Then, continue the conversation.

She will probably ask what you plan to do, or she may give you her opinion on what she wants you to do. Think about how you want to respond to both of those situations, so you will be prepared. You can probably guess some of the other questions she will ask, too. They likely won’t make for a fun conversation, but spending some time thinking about what she might ask, and what your answer will be, will help you feel more prepared.

Make an appointment to visit Avail. We are here to help you in a non-judgmental environment that is focused on providing the support and information you need. All services are free of charge to our clients.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.

Confidential Abortion Information

Confidential Abortion Information

Although many pregnancies in the U.S. are unexpected, each unplanned pregnancy can still carry a social stigma for the women going through it—especially those who are still in school, who are no longer in a relationship with the father of the child, or who are dealing with an unstable employment or housing situation. In these cases, it’s more important than ever to think through your options in a space that’s free from pressure and judgment.

Read on to learn more about the decisions that await every woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and how you can receive support for these decisions in a caring, confidential, and compassionate environment.

Your Pregnancy Options and Decision-Making Process

In some cases, pregnancies end in miscarriage, which means that making plans before you even know whether your pregnancy is viable could be putting the cart before the horse.

If you take a pregnancy test, followed by an ultrasound to determine that your pregnancy is viable and everything seems to be in order, it becomes time to consider some of your other options. These may include parenting, adoption, or abortion. There are many aspects to each of these decisions, and it can be helpful to talk them out with someone you trust, who won’t judge you for your thoughts, feelings, or opinions.

Because abortion is strictly regulated in all 50 states and is generally unavailable after a certain gestation period (usually 12-24 weeks), it may not always be an option. It’s important for you to know what resources could be available before making any decision. Whatever you decide will be a lifetime commitment, so you should put everything on the table in order to make the most confident decision.

How to Find Support When Making Your Decision

Family members and friends can often be a good source of emotional support. But in some cases, this “support” may feel more like pressure to make a certain decision—and fear of the social consequences if you make a different choice. By talking through your options with a neutral third party, like the compassionate client advocates available at Avail NYC, you’ll be able to have all your questions answered before you make a decision.

Avail provides completely confidential abortion information along with more information and support for all the available options. If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and aren’t sure about your next steps, schedule a decision-making or pregnancy test appointment today.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.