After receiving a positive pregnancy test, it’s common to feel a variety of emotions! Many women feel excited and hopeful for their pregnancies, but many also feel overwhelmed and confused, especially if the pregnancy was unplanned. Regardless of how you feel, there are some important next steps to take after a positive pregnancy test.
Get an ultrasound
The first thing you should do after a positive pregnancy test is to schedule an ultrasound. This will confirm the pregnancy in case the pregnancy test produced a false positive. If you are pregnant, it will also reveal important information about the pregnancy.
An ultrasound will not only let you know how far along you are but also reveal the location of the pregnancy. While rare, sometimes the pregnancy implants somewhere outside the uterus, most commonly in the Fallopian tubes. When this happens, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy and is not viable. One of the most important reasons to get an ultrasound is to make sure the pregnancy is inside the uterus because ectopic pregnancies pose serious health risks for you that must be addressed right away.
It’s also important to know how far along the pregnancy is, whether you’re considering abortion or parenting. If you’re thinking about getting an abortion, how far along you are in the pregnancy determines the type of procedure you can get. If you’re less than 10 weeks into the pregnancy, you can get a medication abortion, commonly referred to as the abortion pill. If you’re 10 weeks or farther along, you’ll need a surgical abortion, which can cost more and is more invasive.
Learn the facts
Abortion is a serious medical procedure and if you’re considering it you deserve to have all the facts. Our trained client advocates can sit down with you to provide more information on the various procedures, risks, and side effects, as well as answer any questions you may have.
It’s also important to remember this: No matter what others are telling you, this is your decision to make. You should never let anyone pressure you into choosing an option you aren’t comfortable with because you’ll live with it for the rest of your life. If you need a listening ear or help processing information to make a decision, we’re here for you.
Contact us to schedule your free and confidential ultrasound appointment and consultation today.