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Am I Pregnant? 14 Early Signs of Pregnancy to Look For

Am I Pregnant? 14 Early Signs of Pregnancy to Look For

If you’ve recently had sex, you may be wondering if you could be pregnant.

From the moment your baby is conceived, your hormonal levels rapidly increase to support the new life that is growing inside of you. Long before any visible changes to the body take place, most women will experience at least some of the 14 symptoms discussed here. The timing, duration, and severity of symptoms can vary. Symptoms can start as soon as the first week after conception, while other women do not notice anything different until four to six weeks later. read more

ACPC Purchases New Building | Expands Location and Services

ACPC Purchases New Building | Expands Location and Services

ACPC to Expand Location and Services

Last year, ACPC cast a vision to expand our services to effectively allow us to serve twice the number of clients each year.  Our data shows us that there are 1800 abortions performed on women in our service area each year.  We know we are called to provide support to these women and their families. We announced our dream and our supporters began praying over that vision.

We began our search over a year ago. With the help of our Realtor, Harland Cason, we visited numerous properties all across Pueblo for the right fit. We looked at everything from empty warehouses to high tech medical facilities.  Just when we began to feel like maybe it wouldn’t happen for us, God opened a door that we never considered possible.  Our great friend and former neighbor Dr Matt Philson approached us with an offer we knew was from God.  As so often happens when we stop pushing and let God do the work, the pieces began falling into place. read more

Suggestions for Coping with Miscarriage

Suggestions for Coping with Miscarriage

Have you experienced a pregnancy loss through miscarriage? Here are a few suggestions for coping with the emotions you may be experiencing:

Share Your Story

Talk to your spouse or a trusted friend or family member or even a counselor about your loss experience. Keep a journal to record your story and feelings associated with the loss.

Grieve Freely

And give yourself permission to do so. This may include setting up some personal boundaries with family and friends as a way of protecting yourself from people and situations that are difficult for a time (e.g., baby showers, people who tend to be insensitive, baby dedications or christenings).

Accept Help

While boundaries may be necessary, it is also important to let family and friends know how they can help support you. They may not take the initiative or know what would be helpful, so be sure to clearly express your needs and be open and willing to receive their support. read more

Our Commitment to Care and Competency

Our Commitment to Care and Competency

In everything we do, ACPC strives to offer professional and confidential services at no cost to clients. 

When you walk through the doors of ACPC Women’s Clinic, you’ll find a welcoming team of caring individuals who are here to help you without judgment or guilt.  Our main concern is helping you with the challenges you face today and the ones that lay ahead.  read more

Q & A – Understanding Ovulation

Q & A – Understanding Ovulation

What Is Ovulation?

Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is made available to be fertilized.  Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube to make its way towards waiting for sperm and the uterus.

The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for the fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining, as well as blood, will be shed.  The shedding of an unfertilized egg and the uterine wall is the time of menstruation.

Key Facts Of Ovulation:

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Parents of Pregnant Teens #6 – If She Wants to Parent, What is My Role?

Parents of Pregnant Teens #6 – If She Wants to Parent, What is My Role?

Your role is whatever your daughter needs from you and whatever you are comfortable with. These are things you and your daughter will want to talk over before the baby arrives. Ideally, she should initiate these conversations, but if she doesn’t, here are some questions you can ask:

  • What is your plan for childcare when you go back to work after the birth?
  • How do you plan to juggle school and childcare?
  • What is the baby’s father going to contribute to childcare?
  • How are you going to provide for the baby? Are there expenses you’re not sure if you can cover?
  • What do you expect from me/us (as your parents)?
  • What is your plan for childcare when you want to go hang out with friends/do something social?
  • Do you plan to move out and get your own place or stay at home? (If that is an option.)

Now, there are many more questions that are going to come up, but if you clear some of the things above up with her before the due date, you are less likely to come to misunderstandings after the birth. To not make it sound like an interrogation, try to space these questions out.

How this works out can vary depending on your parenting decisions. Will you allow your daughter to stay at home after the birth? Are you willing to offer free childcare for the baby? What are your childcare terms (will you only babysit during school, will you help during work, will you not babysit for social outings)? What do you expect from her financially, or do you plan to pay for most things? If you’re married, you’ll want to discuss this with your spouse first so that you have a united front when you speak with your daughter.

Remember:  you will be a grandparent! The parenting responsibilities are ultimately going to be up to your daughter and the baby’s father (if he’s involved). This may be hard to accept, and you can step in with suggestions as need be, but don’t forget that you are not the parent anymore – at least, not to the new baby.

Need to talk?  We can help mediate a conversation or just answer any questions you have.

Call or text us at 719.544.9312

We have also put together some helpful information and resources right here on our blog that may be of some help to you during this process:

How to Talk to the Baby’s Father – For Parents with a Pregnant Teen

Helping Her Make a Decision for the Pregnancy – For Parents with a Pregnant Teen

Challenges of Being a Parent of a Teen Mom – For Parents with a Pregnant Teen

Resources I Can Guide My Daughter To – For Parents with a Pregnant Teen read more

Parents of Pregnant Teens #5 – Resources I Can Guide My Daughter To

Parents of Pregnant Teens #5 – Resources I Can Guide My Daughter To

Below are other resources that she may need to support her pregnancy, her choices for her pregnancy, and parenting resources if she decides to parent.

Medical Insurance:

  • Medicaid for pregnancy – contact your state chapter by clicking here to see if your daughter qualifies.
  • Healthcare.gov – if she is not on your insurance, does not qualify for Medicaid, and is 18+ years, she can find subsidized insurance here – call 1-800-318-2596 or apply online here.
  • Locally, the best place to contact for questions regarding Medicaid eligibility is Pueblo Step Up. Pueblo Step Up will expedite the Medicaid application process and help your daughter get back-dated coverage if she qualifies.

Adoption resources:

  • National Council for Adoption – general information on adoption, more on infant adoption specifically, and an adoption agency search.
  • American Adoptions – information on choosing adoption for the baby or you can call 1-800-236-7846 for more information (open 24/7).
  • ACPC also has several staff who are trained as Certified Adoption Specialist, so we can provide referrals to our trusted adoption affiliates so that you know your daughter is working with a safe adoption organization. Learn more about how we can help connect your daughter with adoption resources here.

Food assistance:

  • Food Stamps – this is a federal program to help low-income families keep healthy food on the table. Find out more and see if your daughter qualifies here.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – this is a federal program for pregnant women and children up to age 5 to help provide access to healthier food choices to support good nutrition during pregnancy and in early childhood. Find out more and see if your daughter qualifies here.
  • Food Banks – search for your local food bank here.

Childcare assistance:

Housing assistance:

  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – housing counseling, help to find rent assistance or Section 8 housing, and more. Call 1-800-225-5342 or visit their website.
  • Maternity Homes – use a Google search for “maternity homes near me” or “[my city, state] maternity home” to find a local, caring place for your daughter to move through her pregnancy in case the home environment is not safe or for personal reasons. If you cannot find one or want help locating one, give our toll-free & confidential helpline a call at 1-800-672-2296.

Schools for pregnant teens:

  • Your daughter’s current school should have information about whether or not continuing school there is possible during pregnancy, or if there is a school nearby specifically for pregnant teens.
  • Many larger cities now have “pregnancy schools,” so do an online search to find one near you.

GED Programs:

  • Many community colleges or city programs offer free or low-cost GED programs. Call your local schools and organizations to find out locations.
  • There are many free online GED programs and review classes that your teen could take advantage of. Do a Google search or talk to your local high school to find a trusted and accredited program.

Parenting classes/material assistance/support groups:

  • What is a huge expense for parents? DIAPERS. Find diaper banks here. Local churches (and sometimes food banks) are able to provide some diapers for women in need.
  • Your daughter and the father of the baby can earn diapers on a weekly basis when they participate in ACPC Life Services.  Call or text 719.544.9312 to sign up.

Need to talk?  We can help mediate a conversation or just answer any questions you have.

Call or text us at 719.544.9312

We have also put together some helpful information and resources right here on our blog that may be of some help to you during this process:

How to Talk to the Baby’s Father – For Parents with a Pregnant Teen read more

Parents of Pregnant Teens #4 -Challenges Of Being The Parent Of A Teen Mom

Parents of Pregnant Teens #4 -Challenges Of Being The Parent Of A Teen Mom

What you’re about to go through for the next 9 months plus is not going to be easy, but with good communication, you and your daughter will find a way to make things work. Listed below are some of the most common tension points that typically come between a parent and a pregnant teenager, as well as ideas on how to minimize the tension.

Finances

This seems to be one of the most common arguments among pregnant teenagers and their parents – who is paying for what? That is exactly why we suggest sorting it all out at the beginning of the pregnancy. Think about each aspect, write it out and come to an agreement, and sign it. That way, if a disagreement ever does come up, you can refer back to the “contract” and settle it then and there. Here are some topics you might want to cover in a discussion:

  • Health insurance:  If you (the parents) have her on your health insurance, does it cover pregnancy? Will you continue to pay for it? If not, does she need to apply for Medicaid for pregnancy? How will the child be insured? Who will pay the co-pays and other costs?
  • Maternity clothing:  Though you don’t need to specifically buy new maternity clothing, things like maternity shirts and jeans can be nice to have. Who will purchase them? (If money is tight, consider shopping at a thrift store.)
  • Baby items (clothes, bottles, formula/breast pump, diapers/wipes, etc.):  Many times you can get formula or a breast pump covered by Medicaid or WIC, but other baby items (especially diapers) will be a big expense that you’ll want to discuss. Of course, your daughter will likely get clothes and diapers as gifts, but what about when those run out? Who will buy these things?
  • Childcare:  Often a big area of contention (see section below). You’ll have to decide how the childcare is getting taken care of, whether it’s hired out or done by your daughter or family/friends, and from there decide how to pay for it. Will you fund childcare, or will you request that your daughter covers the cost?
  • Baby Shower:  Many women will have a baby shower, often set up by friends and family. If so, then you might not have to discuss payment, but if you are going to be involved, you will want to talk about how it’s getting paid for.

At your daughter’s appointment at ACPC Women’s Clinic, we will help her identify her unique needs and connect her with resources such as where to get health insurance coverage, how to find a good OBGYN, how to apply for Medicaid and WIC (Women Infants and Children), how to apply for childcare assistance and much, much more.
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Parents of Pregnant Teens #3 – Helping Your Teenager Make a Decision for her Pregnancy

Parents of Pregnant Teens #3 – Helping Your Teenager Make a Decision for her Pregnancy

If you just found out that your teen daughter is pregnant, ultimately, the decision of what do with the pregnancy is in your daughter’s hands. This may be hard to swallow.

After 14+ years of raising her, you probably know her pretty well (though she might deny it). This means that you will be able to help her sort through her options while knowing a little better than a counselor about her hopes, dreams, morals, and desires.

How does she feel about being a teen mom? Adoption? Abortion? Hear her out, and of course, you can insert your opinion too and explain your reasoning. You might help her realize things she hadn’t even considered. But make sure you really hear her out before you give her any input.
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Parents of Pregnant Teens #2 – How to Talk to the Baby’s Father

Parents of Pregnant Teens #2 – How to Talk to the Baby’s Father

If you just found out that your teen daughter is pregnant, you might be tempted to think it is mostly the boyfriend’s fault, and in some cases, you’d be correct. But in many cases, the sex that led to the pregnancy is consensual. The most important thing to do before making any suggestions or comments about how you feel about the situation is to take time to really listen to what both he and your daughter says about the situation, making sure to get her thoughts on what happened before you talk to him.
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My Teenage Daughter is Pregnant – Parents of Pregnant Teens #1

My Teenage Daughter is Pregnant – Parents of Pregnant Teens #1

Whether you have a suspicion that your teenage daughter could be pregnant or she just broke the news to you, your head is probably spinning with a million different thoughts and emotions. How could this happen? What do we do now? Who is the father? What will other people think?

This is to be expected, precisely because you were NOT expecting this. You might be angry, disappointed, and/or scared. Scratch that – you are definitely angry! If you’re her father, you are probably one second away from speeding down the street to have a “chat” with your daughter’s boyfriend. If you’re her mother, you may be thinking, how in the world is my daughter going to handle a pregnancy?! Or, you are wishing you had just one more of those “birds and the bees” chats.

Remember, your daughter likely did not want this to happen either. Think how frightened she must be! Pregnancy is foreign to her. She has made the adult decision to have sex, and now she is faced with the adult consequence of pregnancy. The best thing you can do right now is to keep your emotions steady and encourage your daughter to take responsibility for her actions and accept the consequences.

If you’re a pregnant teenager and you’re on this page, try to use it to get some insight into how your parents may be feeling and how you can react to keep the tension down.

How To Respond When She Breaks The News (Or How Not To)

Take a deep breath. Try not to let your emotions take over and dictate what you say to your daughter – this is a delicate moment, after all. This might mean sitting in silence for a few minutes to gather your thoughts before responding. Here are a few things you may be feeling:
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Visit ACPC Mobile Clinic at the Colorado State Fair

Visit ACPC Mobile Clinic at the Colorado State Fair

We are looking forward to hanging out at The Colorado State Fair August 24th – September 3rd!  ACPC Mobile Clinic will be providing services at limited times for anyone in need of a pregnancy test and/or pregnancy options counseling, referrals and more.

Find us on your way to the carnival rides from the Prairie entrance, by the Sheep, Swine and Goats building (just past the Livestock Pavilion).  Here’s a map if you are having trouble finding us.

As always, all services are confidential and free of charge.  If you have questions or need to talk to someone, give us a call or text us at 719.544.9312.

See you at the fair!

 

Life with a Pregnant Girlfriend

Life with a Pregnant Girlfriend

Whether you choose adoption or parenting, these 9 months are going to bring a lot of changes. Your relationship may be tested, but remember that it is a complex and beautiful process going on inside your girlfriend’s belly!

This might mean passing on a blessing to another family or bringing home a little bundle of joy. Hang on to that end goal, and don’t forget that your girlfriend is giving a lot of her body to make this happen.

Have fun with each other – take her on dates, make sure that bump on her belly hasn’t changed how you feel about her (unless it has for the better!). A lot of your world right now might revolve around the pregnancy and preparation, but don’t forget that your girlfriend is still there and needs love and support, too.

If you and your girlfriend do not plan to continue the relationship, or if tensions are high, figure out ways that you can support and help her from a distance.

Emotional and Physical Changes

Here are some things that might affect how your girlfriend acts or feels and that you’ll want to prepare for:

  • Mood swings – her hormones may be bouncing all over the place and making it hard to make her happy. Try to roll with the punches and find ways you can talk and connect with her that help her stay calm and steady.
  • Nausea, vomiting (maybe), and food aversions – going out for a “quick bite” might not be so easy. Pizza and burgers may give her heartburn, or the smell of your tuna-salad sandwich might send her gagging to the bathroom. Make a list for yourself of what she can eat or drink. If she’s nauseated, have some dry crackers, ginger cookies, or lemon drops on hand to help ease nausea. If even the thought of tacos makes her gag, don’t suggest them.
  • Headaches, backaches, and cramping – her hormones may cause some of these symptoms, along with the gained weight from the baby. Sometimes early in pregnancy, mothers will stop drinking caffeine (for pregnancy health) and may experience some withdrawal headaches.
  • Growing belly & breasts – obviously, pregnancy will mean weight gain and often includes breast tissue growth. She’s going to look different, but don’t forget that a lot of women struggle with body image during pregnancy. Encourage her!
  • Fatigue – many women deal with a lack of energy and a heightened desire to sleep during pregnancy. This might mean date nights are cut short or that you see her less often because she needs to rest. Fatigue is normal during pregnancy!
  • Ante- and Postpartum depression – not all women will deal with this, but some women will have symptoms of depression during or after a pregnancy. This can be a serious problem, and if you have any concerns, the Maternal Mental Health program offers a free, 24-hour helpline for information & services at 1-800-662-HELP (2457), or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is important to let her doctor know about your concerns.
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    Talking to Her Parents (and yours) After a Positive Pregnancy Test

    Talking to Her Parents (and yours) After a Positive Pregnancy Test

    We’re not going to lie to you, breaking the news that your girlfriend is pregnant is not going to be easy, especially if you’re still living with your parents and/or are financially dependent on them. Come up with some type of plan before you tell them.

    Have you both reached a decision on the pregnancy? There are more questions to ask yourself and plans to set in place after you choose which way you will go.

    Parenting

    Here are some of the many questions to consider:

  • Where will you live? Will you live together?
  • What will your relationship look like:  do you plan to get married? end the romantic relationship but both parent?
  • How will you pay bills?
  • What insurance will she be on for the pregnancy?
  • Will you both have jobs/how will you provide?
  • What would childcare look like?
  • Would you both finish/continue your education?
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