Could I Be Pregnant?
Let’s get one thing straight: if you are female, have started your period and are sexually active, YES, you could be pregnant. Many people, especially teenage girls, fell that if they give it the ol double whammy (by using birth control pills AND using a condom) when they have sex that they are 100% sure not to get pregnant…WRONG!
How many of us have resulted from activity that held no promise of a child? There are lots of women who, even after having a tubal ligation, still get pregnant. There are no guarantees. As one physician put it “if you’ve got the parts and having sex, there’s ALWAYS a chance you could be pregnant.”
How do you know for sure, though? Well, there is always the handy dandy EPT! Guaranteed to give you accurate information after only missing one day of your period, this sure-fire way to determine if you’re pregnant or not is just about as accurate as that whole “double whammy” thing you tried to pull.
The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant or not is to see a doctor. There are two blood tests, one that tests for the presence of the “pregnancy hormone” in your system (which is the least accurate) and one that tests the actual LEVELS of that hormone in your blood stream (BINGO…that’s the one!) that can really determine if a zygote is growing inside your uterus.
There are signs and symptoms however, of pregnancy. Not all of these signs may be present and these signs being present do not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, so pay attention! Morning sickness: the most recognizable form of pregnancy. With this symptom, you are not hungry in the morning and therefore do not eat. Likewise, your stomach rejects even its own contents and you vomit.
Another one: weight loss or weight gain. Seems silly-right? Well, if you look at it logically (like you should have during the preventative phase of this whole process) it makes perfect sense. If you’re constantly getting sick, then you’re not retaining calories and you’re loosing weight. On the opposite side, if you are retaining your calories and eating more than normal (though you might not realize it yet) you will gain weight. As appropriate, the weight will be slowly distributed to the zygote, turning fetus to supply him or her with all the nutrients he or she will need to grow into a healthy human being.
HUMAN BEING! Yes, that is what a pregnancy denotes. If you are pregnant, it is imperative that you decide what route to take. Are you going to proceed with the pregnancy or terminate it? Are you going to keep the baby or place the baby in a caring adoption agency’s control to pass to a loving couple desiring a child for years? Are you going to raise and love the baby as your own and start planning for your future with this child as a part of your family? Those are all weighty decisions and ones that need to be made as soon as possible. There are many agencies and organizations ready to help assist you in your decision making process. Could you be pregnant? Yes, you could.