Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I am pregnant?
  • Pregnancy symptoms are: nausea, swollen/sore breasts, fatigue, dizziness, appetite changes, frequent urination, weight gain or loss. If you are experiencing these symptoms, come to Pregnancy Services and we will do a free pregnancy test for you!
  • How can I find out how far along I am?
  • Come in and talk with us. Trained counselors are here to talk with you. If you need a free ultrasound, we will be able to tell you how far along you are.
  • I'm scared. Is that normal?
  • It is very normal! Being pregnant is very new and different. Sometimes we find out we are pregnant and we just want to "rewind" our life's video. That's not possible. So, it is important to take some time. Talk to some professionals and friends. Find out what resources are out there for you. Call us and we'd be glad to answer ANY questions. Don't be afraid it will all work out, we promise!
  • What does a fetus look like?
Six Weeks: The brain is growing well. Lenses of the eyes appear. Nostrils are formed. Intestines grow and they are initially located outside the baby’s body within the umbilical cord. Pancreas is developing and baby is now equipped to deal with digestive enzyme and begins to process insulin. Heartbeat may be seen on ultrasound as a regular flutter. Arms and legs continue to develop.
Seven Weeks: Fingers start to develop. Feet start to appear with tiny notches for the toes. Ears, eyes, and nose start to appear. Intestines start to form in the umbilical cord. Teeth begin to develop under the gums. Normal heartbeat would be 90 to 110 beats per minute. Elbows are forming.
Eight Weeks: The baby’s eyelids and palms of the hands are sensitive to touch. Baby swims and moves gracefully inside the amnionic sac. Every organ that is present in an adult human is now present in the baby. Stomach produces digestive juices and the liver makes blood cell. Heartbeat is sturdy around 140 to 170 beats per minute. Kidneys are beginning to function and taste buds are forming. Brain waves can be measured.

Nine Weeks: Hands now bend at the wrist and fingerprints and fingernails are just beginning to show. Elbows are formed. Nerves begin to function. Bones begin to harden. Thumb sucking occurs. The male or female organs appear. The baby will move away if touched through the uterine wall and can move spontaneously.

Ten Weeks: Baby is sensitive to touch. The baby will stretch out and show breathing-like movements. Tiny baby teeth are forming in the gums. Heart almost completely formed. Voice box is forming. Baby squints, swallows, frowns and puckers up the brow.
Eleven Weeks: Blood vessels in the placenta are increasing in both size and number to provide the baby more nutrients. Baby now practices breathing. Baby now urinates. Stomach muscles can now contract. Baby can make complex facial expressions and even smile. Ears move toward their final position on the sides of the head.
Twelve Weeks: Intestines will make their way into the abdomen since there is room now. Vocal cords are formed. Brain continues to develop. Tiny fingernails and toenails start to form. Fine hair begins to grow on the upper lip and eyebrows. Baby responds to skin stimulation. Baby swallows.
  • I don't want to parent, but I don't want to abort. Are there any services to help me?
  • There is lots of help in our community. You may qualify for Medicaid for insurance. The Health Department does pre-natal care according to your income. We have housing referrals. And if you are in school there are all sorts of wonderful scholarships. Just come in and we will explain all the wide range of services available to you.
  • What about adoption?
  • Seems like a tough road to go, but I would like to know more. Adoption may be a consideration for you. Making an "adoption plan" is fulfilling and wonderful experience.

    Adoption Associates is waiting to help you and answer any questions you might have.

    Call toll-free at 877-869-4196 or email them at: cannon@adoptassoc.com.

  • Other questions:
  • Call our office at 517-889-5135