Pregnancy FAQs

A pregnancy — whether planned or unintended — can be wonderful and daunting. So many questions and concerns may arise. We address the top ten pregnancy-related questions, helping you find answers and support! You have got this!

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1. Can You Get Pregnant Without Penetration?

You did not actually have sex, but you were very intimate? Many girls and women wonder whether they could have become pregnant.

Note: The likelihood of becoming pregnant from foreplay is extremely slim but not impossible. For a pregnancy to happen, several things must be in place:

  • The interlude happened during your fertile window.
  • Live sperm came into contact with your vagina.

Sperm needs cervical mucus for survival. Without this vaginal fluid, the semen dries up quickly, causing the sperm to die, e.g., when exposed to air or skin. But it is important to note that even pre-cum can contain sperm.

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2. What Are Typical Pregnancy Symptoms?

A multitude of symptoms can announce a pregnancy. The most common signs include fatigue, tender, swollen breasts, cramps, and mild headaches. These symptoms are almost identical to PMS. In both cases, these physical sensations are triggered by the same hormone: progesterone.

A pregnancy test — or the onset of your period — will help you discern whether you are pregnant.

  • 🥱 Are my symptoms an early sign of pregnancy? — Test
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3. How Does a Home Pregnancy Test Work?

Store-bought pregnancy tests reveal whether you are pregnant by tracing a specific hormone in your body. When pregnant, a prominent level of the pregnancy hormone beta-hCG will be present in your urine.

4. Tobacco, Drugs, Alcohol: Has My Substance Use Harmed the Baby?

You may not have realized you were pregnant until later. Now you are wondering whether your consumption could have stifled your baby's development.

Of course, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol can be harmful to the embryo, especially if taken in large quantities. Therefore, the sooner you stop using, the better!

Still, you can breathe a sigh of relief: In the first few weeks, the embryo does not yet receive any nutrients via the mother's blood. Also, any cells that are damaged in early pregnancy can usually be repaired. If nicotine or similar had caused irreversible harm to your baby, you would have probably miscarried by now.

🍷🚬 Take the Tox Test: Is the Baby Okay? Or read the article attached to this link.

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5. Prenatal Testing: Is My Baby’s Development Normal?

While pregnancy can be accompanied by a range of emotions, it can also often feel like you are faced with several decisions.

Perhaps your doctor offered some prenatal screening. Or you may have heard about a specific test and want to know more.

Or perhaps you already completed genetic testing, resulting in abnormal findings or a diagnosis. Do you feel as if your entire world is falling apart?

It may be reassuring to hear that many abnormal findings turn out to be false positives. The baby may be completely fine. But right now, it is understandable that you would be wondering how to proceed and what options are available to you.

In any case, you have the opportunity to gather more information. No decision must be made overnight. Moreover, you do not have to go through this alone! 💜

🩺 Are you considering a TFMR (Termination for Medical Reasons)? Take the Fetal Defect Abortion Test.

6. Pregnant Under 18 — What Do I Need to Know?

Even as a minor, you have the right to carry your pregnancy to term. No one, neither your parents nor your boyfriend, may coerce you to have an abortion.

There are a few things you need to be aware of when parenting as a minor: In most countries, either the grandparents or the state has legal custody of the child, even while the baby is in the mother’s care. The mother gains full custody when she turns 18.

As a minor, more financial aid is often available to you. This governmental assistance ensures that you and your baby have everything you need.

7. Pregnant at Work — What Are My Rights?

Pregnancy is a protected status in the Global North. This means that discrimination based on pregnancy is against the law. Hiring, firing, and pay may not be made dependent on one’s pregnancy status. But, if you are only temping and your contract is ending, your employer is not obligated to renew it. Even if this is your predicament, help is available.

8. Pregnant at University/During Skill Training — How Can I Make It Work?

Your plans may have been completely different. Now you wonder whether you can still pursue them despite pregnancy and motherhood. Fortunately, many opportunities and resources are available to you so that you can have both: a baby and an education.

You can usually complete high school without making any additional changes. At university, you can still attend lectures and complete your exams like everyone else. Discuss any need for adjustments, such as postponements or extensions, with your training supervisor or professor.

Approach them as soon as possible to create an individualized education plan!

Depending on your internship, adjustments may have to be made to protect you and the baby. It is important for you not to be exposed to hazardous materials or strenuous labor.

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9. Issues with the Baby's Dad — What is the Law?

Maybe you are pregnant and your relationship status is somehow "complicated." Or you are not married and have questions about acknowledging paternity.

Initially, understanding paternity regulations may seem daunting — especially if the child was conceived in an affair or you do not know who the father is. Allow us to walk you through the details so that you can determine which path to take.

The law is usually crafted with the child's best interests in mind. Of course, it is just as important for you to weigh up what is best for you.

You are not obligated to name the father on the birth certificate. There may be advantages to doing so, such as the heightened probability that the father would pay child support.

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10. Support Options — What is Available?

🆘 Are you in an emergency and need immediate support?

You do not have to be in a crisis to benefit from pregnancy-related resources. Support is available to every pregnant woman and young mother. Check out our articles below to find out what is available to you. Do not be too shy to ask for help. You are worth it! 💚

💰 Financial Support Near Me: Maternity grant, child benefit, housing assistance, childcare benefit, nutrition assistance...

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Anxious and Unsure?

You may have just discovered your surprise pregnancy, or unexpected concerns have come up later in the pregnancy. Are you unsure where to go from here? Wondering whether to have an abortion?

You are not alone! We would love to walk alongside you by providing you with free and unbiased digital coaching. Take advantage of any of our digital support options that you find helpful. You're concerns matter — because your life matters! 💚

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