We know that you are confused and looking for answers. Here are some of the questions that are asked most frequently about Abortion and Pregnancy.
The heartbeat begins to beat 18 – 25 days/3 – 4 weeks after conception.
The brain can begin generating electrical brain waves as early as 40 days/5 – 6 weeks after conception.
Twenty weeks after conception is the accepted minimum.
You have 3 choices:
- Parenting – You decide to carry and deliver your baby, raising it as your child. The center offers all kinds of support and resources to teach you healthy parenting skills.
- Adoption – You decide to carry and deliver the baby, making arrangements to have a welcoming family raise the child.
- Abortion – You decide to terminate your pregnancy, not carrying your baby to full term.
That is determined by what kind of abortion you elect. There are several procedures available and each depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. The most common are:
- Manual Vacuum Aspiration (occurs up to 7 weeks after your last period)
During this surgical procedure, a long tube is inserted into the uterus, a syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is sucked out.
- Suction Curettage (occurs between 6 and 14 weeks after your last period)
Because the baby is a bit larger, the cervix must be stretched open. A hard plastic tube is inserted into the uterus and connected to a suction machine. The suction machine pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus, then a loop-shaped tool called a curette scrapes the fetus parts out.
- Dilation and Evacuation (occurs between 13 and 24 weeks after your last period)
This procedure is offered in the 2nd trimester. Because the fetus is too large for suction to be effective, after the cervix is stretched open a doctor uses forceps to remove the fetus parts. The skull is crushed for easier removal and the uterus is scraped clean with a curette.
- Dilation and Extraction (occurs from 20 weeks after your last period to full term)
For two days the cervix is stretched. On the 3rd day, the legs of the fetus are held with forceps, and the doctor delivers the fetus up to the head. Scissors are inserted into the skull of the fetus and a suction catheter is placed in the opening to remove the brain. The skull collapses and the fetus is removed. This procedure is known as a partial birth abortion.
Yes, as with any medical procedure there are certain risks to your health. Following are some of the top risks associated with abortion:
- Heavy Bleeding
- Damage to the cervix
- Scarring of the uterine lining
- Perforation of the uterus
Please also keep in mind that in addition to medical risks there are psychological and emotional risks involved. The staff at our center will be happy to explain all risks at length.
The ongoing discussion is whether or not the fetus growing inside of you is a human life. If it IS determined to be a human life then it is entitled to all of the rights that human beings are bestowed, including life. If it ISN’T a human life then it does NOT have the rights of a human being.
As Christians, we believe God to be the final authority on all aspects of life. In His word (the Bible), He refers to the unborn as “child”, “children”, “son”, an “infant”, a “baby” and a “man-child”. He also refers to the women who carry the fetus(s) as “mother”. God does not make any distinction between the born and the unborn, therefore we don’t either.
Our Pregnancy Centers provide medical care and answers
Here are a few examples:
Rebekah is pregnant with twins and “the children struggled together within her” The Hebrew word BEN (used here) is the most common Old Testament word for ‘child’ or ‘son’ (Gen. 25: 1-4, 3:16).
When Job was conceived, it was said “There is a man-child conceived” The Hebrew word GEBER (used here) elsewhere refers to ‘man’ (Job 4:17, 10:5, Psalms 127:5, 128:4).
Luke 1:41, 44
When Elizabeth was pregnant, the life in her womb was called “babe” or “baby”. The Greek word BREPHOS (used here) is one of the most common words for ‘baby’. It is always used when addressing a human life separate from its mother.
They vary among women and can occur any time during the pregnancy beginning at implantation (8-10 days). You know your body the best… do any of these sound familiar?
- Missed Period – Your period has not started in its normal time frame. Your menstruation cycle is approximately every 28 days. An unusual delay in it starting is a tell-tale sign that you might be pregnant. The lining in your uterus does not shed (bleed) when an embryo is implanting.
- Light Bleeding – You have some light bleeding and cramping. This is often misinterpreted as having started your period, but when the embryo implants in the uterine wall (6 – 12 days after conception) some women experience these symptoms.
- Nausea and Vomiting – You feel like you want to throw-up all the time. Sometimes it is called “morning sickness”, but it can happen at any time of day.
- Feeling Fatigued – You are tired all the time. When you are pregnant, your body goes through big hormonal changes. Your HCG levels go from 0 to 250,000mIU/ml in twelve weeks, so your body has to adjust to its new chemistry.
- Tender Breasts/Darkening of the Areolas (nipples) – Your breasts are changing. They may feel tender and swollen and your nipples are getting darker, standing more erect and are very sensitive. This is due to an increase in the amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.
- Urge to Urinate more Frequently – You need to urinate more often than usual. As your uterus begins to swell to accommodate the growing baby, it can push on your bladder, causing you to need to empty it more frequently.
- Constipation – You are having trouble with bowel movements. The pregnancy hormones (HCG) slow down bowel functions so the embryo can get the maximum amount of absorption from the mother’s vitamins and nutrients.
- Heartburn – You are experiencing heartburn as you eat. As the uterus swells, it pushes up, constricting the stomach.
- Headaches/Backaches – Your head and/or back is hurting. As your body gets used to being pregnant, the hormone increases can cause headaches. Backaches occur as your body adjusts to the growing weight in the front of your body.
- Food Cravings – You are craving something unusual to eat. Strong urges to eat a particular food are common throughout pregnancy.
What's Happening Inside Me?The following is the typical development of a child within its mother’s womb.
|Within 1st Day||Immediately upon fertilization your baby’s gender, hair and eye color are determined.|
|Within 1st Week||The neural tube forms and your baby already has the foundation for thought, senses and feeling|
|Within First 6 Weeks||through ultrasound you can see the heartbeat as all four heart chambers are now functioning and pumping blood, you are now providing the oxygen the baby needs through the umbilical cord and arm and leg buds are already appearing|
|By Week 9||the baby’s brain, arms, legs, eyes, intestines are all growing and he or she has a developed pancreas to handle digestive enzymes while the teeth begin to develop under the gums|
|By Week 13||your baby has begun to move, ultrasounds reveal fingers will curve around other body parts within reach, fingerprints are evident, liver begins to function|
|By Week 14||you are completing the first trimester and your baby is now able to suck his thumb|
|Weeks 15 through 20||you begin to feel the movements of the child as he or she reacts to loud sounds and as this time frame ends you are half way to the point where you will hear the now fully developed vocal chords|
|By Week 22||the tongue is fully formed, your baby is swallowing and if you are having a boy he is already producing testosterone and if a girl, she already has developed her reproductive eggs
Here are 2 links to the story about this baby with additional pictures:
ABC Recognizes Survival of 21-Week Baby 'May Change What People Think About Life'
The tiniest survivor: How the 'miracle' baby born two weeks before the legal abortion limit clung to life against all odds
|By Week 23||your baby can hear you!|
|Weeks 24 through 27||response to sound and even light becomes noticeable and consistent; your baby’s lungs are quickly developing and preparing for birth|
|By Week 28||as you complete the second trimester your baby is getting round, plump and hairier as the lungs start to become capable of breathing|