If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be wondering what steps you need to take before you can make an informed and empowered choice. Once you confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test, we recommend scheduling an ultrasound scan at your local pregnancy center as soon as possible.
Some women—especially those who are considering abortion—ask us if an ultrasound is really necessary for them. The answer is yes, and we will break down four important reasons why.
Taking a positive pregnancy test is the first step in the process of learning about your pregnancy. However, a positive pregnancy test isn’t always what it seems. It’s possible to take a pregnancy test and receive a positive result, even when your pregnancy isn’t viable.
An ultrasound scan is the only way to confirm you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy — meaning one that has a probable chance of making it to term and surviving outside the womb. A nonviable pregnancy does not have a chance of survival, and sometimes requires a medical procedure to safely and fully remove the pregnancy tissue.
If you’re considering an abortion, knowing whether or not your pregnancy is viable will impact the type of procedure you will receive, and could also affect the insurance coverage you would be eligible for.
Regardless of the pregnancy option you’re considering, it’s important to be aware of any health concerns related to your pregnancy that may need immediate attention. During your ultrasound, a nurse will identify any existing conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy, that could be hazardous.
Ectopic pregnancies are pregnancies in which the tissue has begun to grow outside the womb, often in the fallopian tubes. Not only are ectopic pregnancies nonviable, but they can be fatal to women if left unaddressed.
It’s important to be aware of any health conditions prior to making a choice for your pregnancy, as abortion can lead to severe health complications under certain conditions.
The more information you have regarding your pregnancy, the more confident you will be in making a final decision. An ultrasound scan will provide you with the information you need when deciding which pregnancy option is right for you, including the age of your pregnancy.
If you’re considering abortion, knowing the gestational age of your pregnancy will impact the type of procedure you are eligible for and how much it might cost. For example, women are only eligible to take the abortion pill in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, and for those seeking a surgical abortion, the type of surgery you get will depend on the pregnancy stage you’re in.
If you’re considering parenting or adoption, it’s important to know how far along you are so that you can make necessary plans and arrangements to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
Unplanned pregnancies can be accompanied by surprise expenses and fees. At Abiding Care Center, we believe women should have affordable access to the care they need to make an informed choice for their pregnancy, including ultrasound scans.
We provide free ultrasound scans, lab-quality pregnancy testing, STD testing, family support services, education, and referrals for medical, social, and housing services!
Click here to schedule a free ultrasound scan at Abiding Care Center today and learn more about the resources and support available to you during this time.