If you have been having sex and your period is 5-7 days late you might be pregnant. Missing your period is the most common reason to think you might be pregnant. In that case you may want to take a home pregnancy test or visit your health centre to get a test. If you are pregnant you need to see a doctor or other health professional in your community as soon as possible. Home pregnancy test kits are sold in all drug stores and sometimes in other stores. If used correctly home pregnancy tests are highly accurate. However, if taken too soon results may not be as accurate. However, even though a missed period is a common sign of pregnancy, there are other reasons for a missed period. Diet, excessive exercise and stress may all cause a woman to miss her period. In addition, certain birth control methods can also reduce or stop menstrual bleeding. Some women, particularly younger women, may have irregular menstrual cycles, making it very difficult to predict when her period is due. For more information about knowing if you are pregnant, click on the link below. http://sexualityandu.ca/en/sexual-health/pregnancy
If you had not planned to become pregnant you need to talk to your partner and others who are important to you like your parents. An unplanned pregnancy affects more than the woman who is pregnant. You can get information and help from a health care provider – a doctor, nurse practitioner, midwife or health centre nurse. You may also want to talk with others who you go to for advice – an Elder, a relative, a counsellor, a priest or minister. You will soon need to make some important decisions. Do you intend to have the baby and raise it, have the baby and allow the baby to be adopted or do you intend to medically end the pregnancy? If a girl gets pregnant the guy can support her in a number of ways:
You will need to make choices about what will be best for you early in the pregnancy. These choices are very personal and it is the woman’s right to make the responsible and legal choice that she believes is best for her. If you are pregnant you have three legal options to think about – parenting, adoption or abortion. There are many resources on the Internet to help you with information. The three links below will take you to information on these topics provided by the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health.
For information on abortion services available to women in the Northwest Territories please go to this website: www.northernoptionsforwomen.com
Both you and your baby will be healthier if you make some decisions right at the beginning of your pregnancy about what you will do, what you will eat and what you won’t do – like drinking alcohol, smoking or taking recreational drugs Having a healthy pregnancy is a big subject and there is lots to learn. You will want to talk with trusted family members and your health care provider. You may also want to read some of the valuable information available on the Internet