A pregnancy test should be done if you are experiencing the early signs of pregnancy such as breast fullness, missed period(s), morning sickness, and fatigue. There are three different kinds of pregnancy tests:
- the home pregnancy test;
- the in-office or lab urine test, and
- the blood test.
Pregnancy tests are done free of charge at the Health Unit. After filling in a chart, it takes about 5 minutes to get the result. The test strip is accurate very early on, so a woman can come in as soon as she misses a period.
In addition to a home/in-office positive pregnancy test, a woman should book an appointment with her health care provider to discuss prenatal care and pregnancy.
Pregnant…What Are Your Choices?
A planned pregnancy can bring a great deal of excitement and joy. However, an unplanned pregnancy can bring mixed emotions. This can be a very confusing time for you. A pregnant woman needs to carefully consider her choices before making any decision about her pregnancy. Your decisions will affect the rest of your life.
There are three options for a pregnant woman:
- becoming a mother
Becoming a Mother
If you have decided to continue with your pregnancy, good prenatal care is important. Doctors, nurses and midwives are able to advise you on prenatal care and prenatal classes. There are agencies and groups in the community to help you after the baby is born. Financial assistance may be obtained through your local social assistance program.
For a woman who has given birth and then changes her mind, adoption is still a choice.
The following links are specific to teen pregnancy. Refer to the rest of the Pregnancy site for general pregnancy related information.
Young Parent Prenatal Class
The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has developed a new prenatal series to meet the needs of young expectant parents in our community. The prenatal series provides a non-judgemental, youth friendly and interactive learning environment for all participants to receive prenatal education. Classes are led by a Public Health Nurse and consist of videos, activities, peer support, demonstrations and discussion to learn about how to have a healthy pregnancy, labour & the birth experience, breastfeeding and how to care for your newborn and yourself. Pregnant women are encouraged to bring a support person or partner along so that both can benefit from prenatal education.
We encourage you to register before the 20th week of pregnancy.
Classes are currently being offered in partnership with Connections’ Good Foods for a Healthy Baby groups in Brockville, Prescott, Smiths Falls & Carleton Place.
For more information please contact the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.
Adoption is a choice for a woman who is not comfortable with having an abortion and is not ready to become a parent. If you choose adoption, good prenatal care is important. See your doctor as early as possible. The Children's Aid Society or a private licensed adoption agency can arrange a legal adoption for you. In most situations a woman can have a say in the choice of adoptive parents.
There are special homes and agencies to help a woman who cannot remain with her family and wants help to continue with her pregnancy.
Go to our full section covering all aspects of Pregnancy.