If you have not confirmed your pregnancy but have symptoms, such as a missed period, nausea, swollen breasts, or unusual fatigue, Pregnancy Concerns offers free pregnancy testing.

The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period, however pregnancy can be detected as early as ten days after conception, before the first period is missed. Our testing checks for the pregnancy hormone hcg (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in your urine. To make an appointment for a free test, call 604-939-2633.

What’s going on inside?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, understanding your pregnancy will be an important factor as you think about your decision in the next few days.

Pregnancy is an amazing biological process of nurturing a new life. It starts when sperm penetrates an egg or ovum to fertilize it; this is called conception. At conception, the form of the ovum is changed and now contains all the information, or DNA, that determines the unique physical and personality traits of a new human being, including gender, hair and eye colour, height and skin tone. Development continues for approximately the next nine months, but there are important landmarks along the way.

Between 5 and 9 days after conception the ovum attaches itself to the lining of the uterus and begins drawing nourishment from the mother. Therefore it is important for a pregnant woman to see a health-care provider and consider how her lifestyle may affect her unborn baby.

Pregnancy Concerns can refer you to doctors in the Tri-Cities and help you find other resources that will help you answer questions about nutrition and other topics that may affect your baby. For most women pregnancy will be a healthy and uncomplicated time.

I’m not sure I’m ready for this.

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and feeling unprepared or are facing difficult circumstances, we can give you complete information about all options to help you make the best decision for you and your unborn child. Each choice has different considerations; you may carry your pregnancy to term or choose abortion. If you carry to term you may parent your child, or make an adoption plan for your baby. Pregnancy Concerns provides a safe place for you to explore your options, talk and think through all the issues. No two situations are the same and our caring support workers will help you sort through all you face in making a decision about your pregnancy.

How will it affect my relationships?

Pregnancy will also have some implications for your relationships. You may be getting different messages from different people, or feeling pressured into making a particular decision by others.

Your sexual partner is an important part of the decision-making process, and where possible you may want to include him in your thought process. There may also be other significant people in your life, such as parents and friends who will be part of your plans.

Pregnancy Concerns gives you a safe place to talk about the pressures you face and the different responses you may be getting to your pregnancy.