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PREGNANCY & YOUR BODY

So you think you may be pregnant or you know you’re pregnant! If you’ve had sex in the past month and your period is late, it is possible that you could be faced with an unplanned pregnancy…feeling scared or alone? You don’t have to be.

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First Things First; Confirming Pregnancy

If you have not confirmed your pregnancy, but have symptoms, such as a missed period, nausea, swollen breasts, or unusual fatigue, the Pregnancy & Resource Centre-Brant can offer you an on-site free self-administered NCS  pregnancy test. The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period; however pregnancy can be detected as early as ten days after conception, before the first period is missed. Our Pregnancy Tests check for the pregnancy hormone hcg (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in your urine.

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Feeling Frightened, Unsure, Overwhelmed or Alone?

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You don’t have to be… It’s Your Choice!
Motherhood under the best of circumstances can be a challenging expedition. You may have many thoughts running through your head right now like:
This isn’t happening to me! I’m not ready to be a mom!
Will my boyfriend be involved?
How do I tell my parents about this?
How can I afford to support myself and a new baby?
Is there anyone out there that I can talk to about this?
What am I going to do now?

Society says that it’s your body-your choice! If you’re like most women, you don’t want to make that choice alone. We understand that you  need the support of your partner now more than ever. Support doesn’t mean silence. Talk with him and let him know what you are feeling. Research the options together. His voice is important too.

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FACE YOUR FEAR!

How on earth am I ever going to get though what I’m facing right now? Fear of the unknown can literally shake you to your very core! So who can you trust enough to talk with that could possibly understand what you’re facing?

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Facing an unplanned pregnancy and working through all the available options together takes time. We encourage you to take the time, be informed as this is a big decision and one to consider seriously and not take lightly. This is a decision that will impact you for years in one form or another so it’s important to be open and honest with each other. Share what you’re feeling. It’s normal to have feelings of anger, frustration, concerns and fears. Be sure your partner knows what you are feeling and thinking. Running won’t work. The more you avoid or deny you’re current situation, the harder it becomes to make an informed and healthy decision. Pressure doesn’t help. If you are feeling pressured you are at risk of prematurely making a decision that you’ll deeply regret. Remember that you are not alone. Prepare to talk with your parents and other people you trust that may be close to the situation. It may be awkward, but they might be more helpful than you think.

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FACT:

What you don’t need … Accusations, lectures, or simplistic advice to make a quick decision and “get on with life. “What you do need … kindness, caring, understanding and practical assistance. You have a right to know what your options are and what help is available. Ultimately, you will have to decide what choice you are willing to live with. No one else has the power to  make your choices for you. Choice is liberating. Choice empowers us. Real choice means that you are aware of your options. The Pregnancy & Resource Centre-Brant can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. We recognize and respect that the Choice is yours to make. Pregnancy under the best of circumstances can be frightening, so unexpected pregnancy can be very, very overwhelming. Others have been where you are now and have made it through. You can do it too. You are welcome to bring a friend along to your appointment for support if you choose. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and talk honestly with you about your options. You will find the fact based information; support and acceptance that you need to make the decision that is right for you, It’s your choice!

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