Well congratulations, a nice 9 months to 16 years of stressful times, choices and changes ahead, whether planned or unplanned. But with a little preparation it will be all worth it in the end.
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The link below shows some more common symptoms that you may experience during pregnancy which range from backaches and headaches to stretch marks and swollen ankles
So what happens if you think you maybe pregnant? Firstly talk to your parents! Secondly, contact your doctor or midwife as they will provide you with information on a variety of lifestyle factors that you might need to start thinking about and may need to change during your pregnancy, such as;
They will also advise you to have screening tests to identify physical abnormalities or inherited disorders such as sickle cell.
You don’t have to have these tests but it is recommend to do so as the earlier they are identified the more options are available to you to get help
You will also discuss your personal health such as
After this you will book your next antenatal appointments to ensure healthy development of the baby.
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You should contact your local sexual health clinic if you experince any of the following;
So your pregnant and you’ve been for a check up so what's next?
A decision needs to be made and you have a few options to chose from, abortion, adoption, fostering or raising it. At the end of the day its down to you, seek as much advice as you can, talk to friends and family and be honest with yourself.
Abortion – the earlier the better, if an abortion is carried out in the first 12 weeks ideally before 9 weeks where possible, the less chance there is of serious health risks and it will be easier and safer for you. Abortions are also confidential, NHS Funded and you have access to post abortion counselling. You can also go private for a cost.
There are a number of reasons to have an abortion:
After 12 weeks in pregnancy the risks increase as the option of abortion becomes less of an option and a higher risk of;
After 24 weeks there are a number of rarer situations when an abortion may be carried out. These include:
Adoption – There are a number of reasons why people choose to have an abortion, but it does have its disadvantages, here are some of things you will need to think about if you went down this route;
For more information on adoption click here: https://www.gov.uk/child-adoption/birth-parents-your-rights
Fostering - Means that your baby will be placed with a foster carer who will bring up your child alongside you and your local authority, but it does have its disadvantages, here are some of things you will need to think about if you went down this route;
For more information on fosterinng click here: https://www.gov.uk/if-your-child-is-taken-into-care/overview
Raise it – raising a child can be difficult but also rewarding, here are some of things you will need to think about if you went down this route: