What To Do If You Think You May Be Pregnant
You may have missed your period this month, you may be having the strangest of cravings, you may be throwing up or experience non-stop nausea or you may just know your body well enough to know that something’s changed – whatever it is, if you think you’re pregnant it’s really not an option to ignore your feelings and find out for sure one way or another.
It can be a scary, exciting and confusing time when you think you might pregnant, especially if it’s come at unplanned point in time. We’ve listed below a few of the key things that you should do if you find yourself in this position, just to ensure you don’t forget something key – like thinking you’ve told your partner, only to realise you haven’t…
Buy a home pregnancy test (or two)
You can pick up a home pregnancy test in all supermarkets, pharmacies and sometimes even in your local corner shop (if you don’t mind the whispers from your neighbours, that is!) Our advice would always be to buy a minimum of two – you’re more likely to believe the results if you have two tests giving you the same positive result, whilst it’s easier to convince yourself the test may be incorrect if you just take the one.
False-negative results are the most common incorrect pregnancy test results and can occur for a number of reasons; you may be taking the test too early or you may have a dodgy test. Either way, if you take a test and it comes back negative, but you still feel as though you may be pregnant, leave it a week or two and take another, or book in with your local GP to be tested and be sure of the results.
Whilst rare, it is possible to get a false-positive on your pregnancy test in instances where you may have blood or a high level of protein in your urine.
Make an appointment with your doctor
It’s always worth then following up with your GP, or local sexual health clinic, and getting an official pregnancy test done, just to be sure. If you are pregnant, you can then have a scan done at your local hospital or maternity clinic to determine how far along in the pregnancy you are and to discuss all of your possible options.
Tell your partner
Don’t exclude your partner from the decision; let them know that you think/know you’re pregnant and let them support you whilst you’re coming to terms with this and throughout the decision on whether or not you’re going to keep the baby. You may be scared, you may be confused, you may be worried what their reaction will be, but there’s no need to go through it alone and if they love you, they will want to give that support.
Take some time
You don’t have to make a decision right away on whether you’re going to keep the baby or not; take your time and really think through the decision. You have to live with whatever decision you make for the rest of your life. It might not be the right time, you might not be where you wanted to be in your life by the time you had your first child, you might not be as financially secure as you’d hoped you would be when having your first child– but if it feels right then go with it. Similarly, if you don’t want to keep the child then have that conversation with your partner and explain your reasons why – they may feel the same, they may not, but you don’t know unless you talk about it.
Speak to your family and friends
Whilst many choose not to scream and shout about their pregnancy before they hit 12 weeks, it can help to talk to someone other than your partner about the situation, to get a wider view on the situation. You may be worrying about how you’re possibly going to bring up a child, but your family & friends can reassure you that they’ll be there to help along the way. You may be worried about the financial implications, but those who have had children themselves can discuss maternity & paternity pay, benefits and so on.
Whatever you do, don’t go through this alone.