Am I Pregnant? Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult problems; a young girl, yet being a child, may face, at this age. It usually makes girls leave school, changes their plans for the future completely. It also usually creates an emotional crisis of an immature person, who is not able to protect herself yet, and this crisis usually results in a feeling of shame, fear, and in the worst case in suicide. The most difficult task is to tell parents about it, it seems to be unsolvable what so ever.
You have got pregnant! “How awful, what will I tell my parents, my friends, how will I live, and what can I do about it?” – are the most common thoughts of any pregnant teenage girl Pregnant girl usually thinks, there is no one around, who can help her, sometimes she is too much embarrassed to look for any help at all. But it is not a problem decision to ignore or deny the fact of pregnancy, as it can only make things worse for you and the baby, you are expecting. Think of him for a moment, it is a person, a little helpless baby, who depends only on you, who loves you from the first moment of his existence. Remember, that denial will not take your pregnancy away, you are only losing time, you could have spent in prenatal care and counselling. You have a choice, but whether it is simple or difficult, everything depends on your situation and surrounding. After you check all the possible resources, you should let yourself make the best decision.
Am I Pregnant? How Can I Know It?
You may suspect that you are pregnant, if you have the following sign or symptoms:
• You have had unprotected sex less than two – three weeks ago;
• You have your period missed more than one week (usually it is the most obvious clue of a woman being pregnant, if, of course she has not any problems or diseases of her reproductive system);
• You are experiencing nausea and vomiting
• You are unusually tired. You may get tired much quicker, than you used to, even if you did nothing difficult.
• Your breasts are filler and more tender, they become bigger, and seem to be somewhat swollen;
• You urinate more frequently than usually;
• You have noticed your appetite changed. You may eat either more or less as well.
Do not get upset or happy beforehand, as even if you have some or all of these symptoms, you may not be pregnant. And, vice versa, you may feel no changes at all during the first pregnancy month, except for the missed period, of course, but even it may happen because of some other reasons. And only if you want to be completely sure, the best way is to buy a test in the nearest drugstore.
Home Pregnancy Tests
If you do not want to go to your gynaecologist, a home pregnancy test is for you. It is the fastest and the most private way to know if you are pregnant or not. As it has already been mentioned, pregnancy test kits may be found in every drug store, or in nearly every grocery store. These tests are not expensive, and they are quite dependable, besides, you do not need your doctor’s prescription to get one. Most of home pregnancy test can be used from the first day of your period’s missing if you think you may have got pregnant yet before your period is to begin, and you see the test shows a negative result, the best way for you is to repeat it again in several days, as it might be too early to take a test yet.
If you want to get the most accurate result, you should follow the instructions:
• Check the pregnancy test for the expiration date. It is to be printed on the box.
• Do not keep test kits in the place, where there is too hot or too cold, you should read the storage instructions carefully.
• Remember, that timing can affect the test accuracy result, so you are to follow the timing instructions.
• Before you start performing the pregnancy test, read all the instructions in the test kit, and follow them.
• You are to perform the test right after you have collected your morning urine, you may also refrigerate your urine and conduct the test somewhat later, but in this case, you are to be sure that your urine has reached room temperature again before you start testing it.
• You should not take too much liquid before collecting your urine, as it can influence the test’s result.
• If you are not sure in any instruction point, there are toll – free phone numbers for assistance on the test box.
After you have conducted the test, and know the result of it, comes time to think about what to do and how to behave in the future. If the result of the test is positive, you will have to make a decision, considering your options, your relations with other members of your family, and your ability or disability to raise a baby. In case if the result is negative, after such a shocking period of your life (as you have been living these days, thinking about everything and nothing at the same time, and being afraid of the possible awful truth), you will have to think how to behave with your partner.