When Did I Conceive and How Many Weeks Am I?

Discovering and confirming a pregnancy is a life-changing moment. However, after the initial tide of surprise, numerous questions begin to form. These questions can quickly become overwhelming, but receiving honest answers is a crucial starting point to taking healthy first steps. Common questions after a confirmed pregnancy usually involve conception. When did I conceive? How many weeks am I? The following helpful tools can help you answer these questions and more.

When Did I Conceive?

The exact date of conception can be difficult to determine without the help of medical professionals. However, following a few simple steps can provide a decent estimate. Conception occurs during a woman’s ovulation period. This generally takes place about two weeks after a regular menstrual period. If possible, then, think back to your last menstrual period and add two weeks. This is a rough approximation of your conception date.

Keep in mind that not every woman’s ovulation period will occur exactly two weeks after menstruation. Some women have irregular periods that are difficult to track. Therefore, calculating conception with this method is sometimes challenging.

An ultrasound is the most accurate way to get an approximate conception date. If a person has had sexual intercourse with more than one partner within a two-week period, it is virtually impossible to know the exact conception date.

How Many Weeks Am I?

Ultrasounds offer a clear picture of the pregnancy, allowing medical professionals to get a measurement and gestational age. If you are just finding out you’re pregnant, chances are you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. In this stage, you probably don’t look pregnant, but you will feel pregnant. What are you feeling? You may experience some aches, fatigue, increased urination, etc. These are normal and anticipated symptoms during the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy. Once you know how far along you are, you may wonder: what comes next?

What Are My Options Now?

You have three possible options for your unique situation. Learning about these options in-depth will help guide your choice.

1. Parenting: Though nearly half of women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose this option, choosing to parent certainly comes with its own set of questions. Writing down your questions, hopes, and plans may help you weigh if this option is best for you.

2. Adoption: If you desire to maintain the pregnancy but do not feel prepared to expand your family, this option allows adoptive families to step into the picture. When considering adoption, you can determine exactly what type of relationship you would like to have with the child afterward.

3. Abortion: Several abortion procedures are available to stop the pregnancy from moving forward. If you’re considering this option, make sure you understand the timeframe for each type of procedure.

Willowbrook Women’s Center Is Here For You

Willowbrook Women’s Center places your well-being first. We are dedicated to walking with you as you take first steps, explaining your options honestly and without judgment so you can make the decision that is best for you. We offer pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, allowing you to confirm your pregnancy and answer important questions at no cost to you. To make an appointment, give us a call at (816) 244-7824 or schedule online.


Can I Tell If I am Pregnant Before a Missed Period?

Possibly the most stressful thing you’ll face as an adult woman is waiting for your period to come. You may be constantly googling the “symptoms” of pregnancy in hopes there’s no reason behind your stomach looking bigger or your sudden lack of energy. But rest assured, no matter what these blog posts and magazine articles tell you, your body is most likely playing tricks on you. There are sometimes ways your body tells you you’re pregnant, but the only way to know for sure is by taking a test, simply because everyone’s body is different.

When should you take the first test? While you may not like waiting, the best, most accurate pregnancy test results occur after a period is missed.

Late Periods and Other Unreliable Sources

Sometimes the “symptoms” of being a woman in everyday life can be mistaken for pregnancy because these “symptoms” trigger similar reactions within your body.

Bloat: Oftentimes, if your stomach looks like it has grown, or if you’re feeling cramped in the lower abdominal area, it could easily be bloat from diet or an impending period. You usually won’t see growth in your stomach from pregnancy for at least a few months, especially if it’s your first pregnancy.

Tiredness: There are those who say feelings of exhaustion mean you’re pregnant. Even though many women experience fatigue during pregnancy, low energy levels could be the result of anything from stress to physical activity to late nights. 

Late periods: Periods can be unpredictable, and your cycle can change on a dime for a multitude of reasons, so it’s not always a strong indication of pregnancy if it is late or missed. Periods can be thrown off by anything from dietary and daily routine changes to stress and intense exercise.

The Only Reliable Way to Know

As scary and intimidating as it is, the only “good” way to tell whether or not you’re pregnant is by getting a test done. As stated before, pregnancy tests are more accurate if you have, at least, missed your period. Thus, if you’ve missed a period, it’s time to take a test. However, even with positive test results, it’s still possible to have a pregnancy that is not progressing (viable). If pregnancy is not what you see in your future, make an appointment at Willowbrook Women’s Center where you can take a lab-quality test and receive information about your options. If your pregnancy test is positive, you may qualify for an ultrasound. Our website is a good place for you to learn some of the basics of pregnancy testing and how you can go about it discreetly and with your own best interest at heart.

It’s easy to go into panic mode when your period is late or hasn’t arrived yet and your body is giving you signs that are making you suspicious. Come to Willowbrook Women’s Center for a no-cost pregnancy screening. We’re here to help you take the first step. You don’t need to stress and scramble. Instead, come to a place where you will feel empowered to take the best step for you. Contact us today with any questions.


Making a Pregnancy Decision Isn’t as Simple as Yes or No

When you’re not expecting or hoping for a positive pregnancy test, it’s easy to spiral out of control and frantically scramble to figure out what to do. We’re here to tell you to take a deep breath; nothing good ever comes out of panic, especially when it comes to such a monumental and complex choice. There’s a process, and you should follow it to get all the facts and make the best pregnancy decision for YOU.

Lab-Grade Test

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve gotten an at-home pregnancy test and received a positive result. However, store-bought tests are not always accurate. In order to receive 100% accurate results, your best bet is to visit a women’s health center where you can be formally tested by expertly trained, unbiased professionals. These urine or blood tests are more reliable than some over-the-counter brands.

Ultrasound

The second step isn’t to jump into making your pregnancy decision, but rather to further confirm the progress and status of your pregnancy. Statistics show there’s a one-in-three chance a woman will have a pregnancy which does not go full term due to miscarriage or other reasons, and 80% of those miscarriages happen within the first trimester. An ultrasound will confirm the viability of the pregnancy, how far along you are, placement of the pregnancy, and whether or not an “abortion vs. pregnancy” discussion is even necessary.

STD Testing

Nobody talks enough about how important STD/STI testing is when making a pregnancy decision. It’s crucial that you test for and treat any sexually transmitted infection before having any operation or procedure done on your body because the risks can change your life. If you have an abortion while infected with diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, the probability of you contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is increased by 25%. PID can affect your current well-being and even your future fertility if you choose to have children later on, so preventative measures are critical now.

Getting the Critical Information

What’s most important is your well-being and ensuring that you have enough information to be empowered to make the best pregnancy choice for you. Willowbrook Women’s Center offers a safe space and unbiased options so you can carefully consider all the possible outcomes, such as abortion, adoption, and parenting so you can confidently come to a decision.

Frustrating as it is, making pregnancy decisions isn’t as easy as yes or no. Every situation is different, and the best thing to do is ensure you receive the best care and information possible, so you feel empowered to make the choice that’s right for you. If you need thorough, unbiased information, schedule a free, confidential appointment to discuss all of your options!


Options for an Unexpected Pregnancy

If you are looking at options for an unexpected pregnancy, chances are good you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information flooding at you thanks to one small Google search. How do you know what to believe? Who to believe? Before you give in to tears, contact us at Willowbrook Women’s Center.

We are here to help you, to give you the honest, unbiased information you are looking for, to answer your questions, and to support you every step of the way.

Three Options

When considering your options for an unexpected pregnancy, you have three—abortion, parenting, and adoption. While all options can sound scary when you’re in a spot you don’t want to be in, once you have a chance to take a closer look at them—and give them serious thought and consideration—you’ll come away with a pretty strong gut feeling on which path is right for you. We can help you take a closer look, give you any information you are missing, and guide you through the decision-making process.

When considering abortion, you have a time frame ahead of you. Abortion in Missouri is only permitted up to the gestational age of twenty-one weeks, six days. Also, as of May, 2018, women are required to receive counseling, meeting the state’s informed consent laws, then waiting 72 hours before having the procedure done. The counseling must be done in person, before the waiting period begins, and administered by the same doctor who will perform the abortion.

Missouri’s informed consent law further requires women, during the counseling session, to view an active ultrasound and sign a form pledging that they’ve read the Missouri Informed Consent Booklet.

The parenting and adoption options allow you more time to decide because they both let the pregnancy to go full term. We can also provide detailed information on these options and give you a list of community resources that can help you.

Your First Steps

Even though you’ve probably taken a home pregnancy test, your first step is to come see us at Willowbrook Women’s Center for a no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results. Once a positive test has been confirmed, you’ll be offered an ultrasound.

An ultrasound is done to confirm the pregnancy is viable, that it is progressing. It also will tell you how far along in the pregnancy you are, an important piece of information if you are considering an abortion.

When it comes to abortion, 80% of all miscarriages happen during the first trimester. The pregnancy may self-terminate. If the pregnancy isn’t viable, you may not have to worry about making a decision. If an ultrasound reveals an ectopic pregnancy, then immediate medical care will be required to remove it.

When considering abortion, then testing for STDs should be done. If a positive result comes back, treatment is needed (antibiotics) and you will be given a referral. Left untreated before an abortion is done, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can develop afterward. It can cause chronic pain and affect long-term reproductive health and fertility.

Come See Us

Make an appointment to come in and see us. Our caring, supportive advocates and medical staff are here to listen to you, to answer your questions, and to help you make a confident decision about your future and which path you will take.