Facing an unexpected pregnancy is hard. Fear, confusion and anger are just a few of the feelings you might be experiencing.
Am I Really Pregnant?
If you’re questioning whether you might be pregnant or not, consider these common pregnancy symptoms:
- Missed or late menstrual cycle
- Tender breasts
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Fatigue or unusual tiredness
- Appetite change
- Food or odor aversions
- Frequent urination
- Minor aches, pains or discomforts
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth
- Being unusually emotional or teary
If you have any of the above pregnancy signs, you should get a pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant or not. Blue Ridge Women’s Center offers them for free – just request an appointment.
What are your Options?
If you are pregnant, you have three choices for you and your baby – parenting, making an adoption plan or abortion. Consider them for a moment:
1. Think about Parenting
Although parenting might seem overwhelming at the moment, take the time to explore your options fully and consider parenting your little one. This new little life could be the joy of your life.
At the Center we provide pregnancy counseling, pregnancy tests, pregnancy confirmation by ultrasound, parenting classes, life skill programs, baby items, maternity clothes and more to help you in your parenthood journey. You won’t be alone! We can also direct you to community resources and support groups.
2. Consider Making an Adoption Plan
Developing an adoption plan can empower you to create a positive future for your child, where all his or her needs can be met. You can choose a family for your child, and have some level of an ongoing relationship with your child, if you wish. This is called an open adoption. You can also choose a confidential adoption, where you will remain 100% anonymous before, during and after the adoption.
Although we do not facilitate adoptions at Blue Ridge Women’s Center, we can provide you with resources and information to explore adoption options for your baby.
3. Is Abortion the Answer?
Abortion procedures vary by method, depending on which trimester you are in. Abortions have both short-term and long-term risks to consider. Before seeking an abortion, gather all the facts so you can make an informed decision. Ask yourself questions as you consider abortion:
- What do I think about abortion? Was it different before I was pregnant?
- How does abortion fit with my values?
- Does an abortion seem like the easier option, even if it doesn’t fit my values?
- Can I live with an abortion, long term?
- Is someone pressuring me to have an abortion?
- What do I really want for my baby?
Note: If you are a pregnant teenager who is under age 18, keep in mind that your parents are required by law to be notified before you receive an abortive procedure – whether by pill or surgically.
We do not provide abortive procedures at Blue Ridge Women’s Center, and thus are not required to inform anyone when you make an appointment. Everything is confidential. We are committed to providing you with all the resources and information you need to make the best decision for you and your baby.
What You Can Expect at Blue Ridge Women’s Center
Our Roanoke clinic takes client privacy seriously; we will never share your information. Our focus is to help you navigate your choices, discover the truth about each one and make the best decision for you and your baby.
Safe & Non-judgemental
We understand that sometimes life is hard, scary and confusing. Our counselors will help you sort through the challenges life presents. You have the right to know the truth about each of your options. Regardless of the decision you make, our counselors will always be there for you.
At the Center, we believe in providing services to everyone in our community, regardless of their age, sex, race or religion. There is no minimum age requirement to make an appointment at our clinic.
Due to the generosity of the community, all of our services are completely free. No strings attached. We provide a variety of services including pregnancy consultation, pregnancy confirmation, pregnancy dating by ultrasound, STD testing, parenting and life skills classes, and more.
Request an appointment: