Can You Get Pregnant From Making Out?
What Are Typical Pregnancy Symptoms?
How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?
Alcohol, Tobacco... Is the Baby Okay?
Pregnant Under 18
Pregnant at Work
Pregnant at University/During Training
Relationships and Fatherhood Issues
Anxious and Unsure?
1. Can You Get Pregnant From Making Out?
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 heavy petting 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 mucous for survival. Without this vaginal fluid the semen dries up quickly, causing the sperm to die, e.g., when it is exposed to air or skin. But it is important to note that even pre-cum can contain sperm.
💗 Could I be pregnant from making out? - Take the Self-Evaluation
🌱 How Does Pregnancy Happen? Process of Conception
2. What Are Typical Pregnancy Symptoms?
A multitude of symptoms can announce a pregnancy. Most common signs include fatigue, tender, swollen breasts, and slight stomach and/or 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 or not.
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3. How Does a Home Pregnancy Test Work?
The store-bought pregnancy tests can reveal whether you are pregnant or not by tracing a specific hormone in your body. When you are pregnant, a prominent level of the pregnancy hormone beta-hCG will be present in your urine.
- ❗For accurate results, the test needs to be performed correctly. You can only test for a possible pregnancy several days after conception. Therefore, it makes sense to wait on taking the test until your period is overdue. Also, make sure you test on your first urine of the day, where pregnancy hormone concentrations are highest.
- ✅ How Do I Take a Pregnancy Test?
- ❌ Could I Be Pregnant Despite Negative Pregnancy Test?
- 🩸 Can You Get Your Period While You Are Pregnant?
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 had a negative effect on 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 them, 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 you have been asked by your doctor whether you would like to undergo a certain prenatal examination. Or you may have heard about it and want to know more.
Or perhaps you already completed genetic testing and the result showed some 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!
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- Abnormal Results – Now What?
- Common Diagnoses and What They (may) Mean
- Trisomy 21 Diagnosis (Down Syndrome)
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🩺 Wondering whether to have 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.
- 🙌 Resources and regulations: Pregnant Under 18.
- 👩🏾 Pregnant under 18: Terminate or keep the baby? Take the Test
7. Pregnant at Work – What Are My Rights?
Pregnancy is a protected status in most countries. 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.
- 👩🏻🔬 Maternity Leave – What am I entitled to?
- 🤰🏿 Pregnancy Discrimination Laws – What are my rights?
- 👷🏻♀️ Will pregnancy effect my probationary period?
- ☎ How and when do I tell my boss?
- 🍼 Financial Aid – What can I apply for?
8. Pregnant At University/During Skill Training – How Can I Make It Work?
Your plans may have been completely different. Now you are wondering whether you can still pursue them despite pregnancy and motherhood. Fortunately, there are many opportunities and resources available to you so that you can have both: baby and education.
You can usually complete high school without making any extra 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 put in place to protect you and the baby. It is important for you not to be exposed to hazardous materials or strenuous labor.
Specific information on financial resources, housing options and childcare:
9. Relationships and Fatherhood Issues – What is the Law?
Initially, understanding paternity regulations may seem daunting - especially if the child is the product of 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 best interests of the child in mind. Of course, it is just as important for you 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 hightened probability that the father would pay child support.
Find out more by clicking the titles below:
- Paternity Regulations – Should I name the father on the birth certificate
- Custody and Visitation Rights
👨🏾 How do I react if he does not want the baby? Take the Test
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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11. Anxious and Unsure?
You may have just found out about your surprise pregnancy, or unexpected concerns have come up later in the pregnancy. Are you unsure where to go from here?
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 are worth it! 💚