Facing the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy can cause a rush of panic and intense emotions. Life can feel like it has been turned upside down. You do not have to go through it alone. Our pregnancy help center is here to help you work through your pregnancy options. We provide accurate information, free pregnancy testing, free pregnancy ultrasounds, material assistance, parenting classes (fathers are welcome), free STD testing, and much more.
Thinking you might be pregnant can be scary, especially when that pregnancy is unplanned. You need to know as soon as possible if you should start exploring your pregnancy options. Over the counter pregnancy testing kits require you to miss a period before administering reliable results. That can mean weeks of agonizing over the possibility. Now, you do not have to wait. Our pregnancy center provides free pregnancy testing capable of detecting the pregnancy hormone hCG within three weeks after your last period.
Pregnancy begins when the male’s sperm fertilizes or joins with the female’s ovum (egg). The average pregnancy lasts 38-42 weeks. It is divided into three trimesters: 1-12 weeks; 13-26 weeks; and 26 weeks until birth.
For more information about pregnancy, visit the American Pregnancy Association.
Pregnancy tests may be the gold standard when it comes to checking for pregnancy, but they are not infallible. That is why our pregnancy help center offers free limited ultrasounds. Once a positive pregnancy test result is achieved, our care team uses an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. An ultrasound measures the embryo or fetus to determine how far along a woman is in her pregnancy. Ultrasounds provide the most accurate calculation of a due date. Limited ultrasounds do not diagnose the health or physical condition of the baby.
Once the age and viability of the fetus is determined, we can explore your pregnancy options.
STDs are spread through unprotected sex. The number of men and women with an STD continues to rise in the U.S. The three most common STDs are Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.
Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to suffer from long-term health consequences from STDs. Some STDs can damage the reproductive system, making a woman infertile. A woman who is pregnant when she contracts an STD risks passing the infection along to her baby during pregnancy or childbirth. STDs can affect the development of a baby’s eyes, lungs, and liver, causing irreversible damage.
Our pregnancy help center offers free STD testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you are sexually active and not using protection, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
When a pregnancy is unplanned, abortion can feel like the best option. The procedure is legal, but it is not always the right choice for every situation. Some women report experiencing post-abortion stress symptoms that can appear weeks, months, or even years later.
Our pregnancy help center provides pre and post-abortion resources to women in Albuquerque. We can discuss your options before you make a final decision. For women who already had an abortion and are struggling with that decision, we provide abortion trauma resources that can help you work through your feelings.
An unexpected pregnancy does not have to end in an abortion. Adoption is another viable choice for women who wish to carry the pregnancy to term but are unable to care for the baby themselves. More than 2 million couples in the U.S. are eager and willing to adopt newborns.
If you are considering adoption in New Mexico, our staff can help you work through the decision. We can walk you through the decision-making process and present all available adoption options.
Women who use the morning after pill should be aware of the likelihood of complications and side effects associated with the medication. Some of the more common side effects can include abdominal pain and cramping, abnormal bleeding, dizziness, headache, and nausea. Our pregnancy help center does not provide access to the morning after pill or other abortifacients but does offer accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.
The morning-after pill, also known as Plan B, is taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It works in three ways: preventing or delaying ovulation; preventing fertilization; or preventing a fertilized embryo from implanting in the uterus.
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