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Pregnancy

  1. Signs you might be pregnant
  2. Can I get pregnant on my period?
  3. Where can I get a pregnancy test?
  4. I’m pregnant - What are my options? (continue the pregnancy, adoption, abortion)
  5. Where can I get help if I am pregnant?

1. Signs you might be pregnant

If you're having sexual intercourse, you can get pregnant, even if you are using birth control. The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to get a pregnancy test.

If you have one or more of the following signs, you could be pregnant:

Missed period

This is usually the first thing you notice if you are pregnant. But there are other reasons for missing your period, like stress or illness, or even if you have worked out or exercised really hard over a period of time.

Unusual or irregular period

You can be pregnant and still have a period. But it might be an unusual period, perhaps earlier or later than usual, or heavier or lighter than usual.

Many women 'normally' have irregular periods, especially young women. If you're not sure, a pregnancy test is the only way to be sure.

Morning sickness

You wake up with ‘morning sickness’ – feeling sick to your stomach or just plain nauseous. You might feel sick at any time of the day. This nausea can start after you've missed your period or even before.

Peeing more than usual

In the early stages of pregnancy, you might feel like you have to urinate or pee more than usual, but often only in small amounts.

Breasts may be bigger

After you've missed your period, your breasts might start to get bigger. You could also feel a tingling sensation around your nipples – or they may just be uncomfortably sore.

More tired than usual

You'll find that in the early stages of pregnancy you might feel more tired than usual.

Aches and pains

Pregnant women sometimes have more headaches or backaches than usual or heartburn (burning pain in the middle of your chest).

Did you know? 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. With odds like that, it’s best to look after your reproductive health long before a baby is conceived.

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2. Can I get pregnant on my period?

Yes you can.

In fact:

  • Sperm can live up to six days in a woman’s body! When an ovary releases an egg, it can live up to two days!
  • You're more likely to get pregnant at ovulation! That's about 12-16 days before your NEXT period.

To reduce your chances of getting pregnant, find out about all the birth control methods that are available to you.

3. Where can I get a pregnancy test?

You can get a pregnancy test at a Healthy Sexuality Clinic , your family doctor, or local walk-in clinic.

There are two types of pregnancy tests:

Urine test

  • This can be done as early as one day after a missed period.
  • Urine tests are covered by OHIP if they're performed at a Healthy Sexuality Clinic , your family doctor, or walk-in clinic. You'll have to pay a fee to have the test done at a pharmacy.
  • Doing a home pregnancy test is not recommended. You have to follow the directions carefully which could be hard to do if you're worried about maybe being pregnant. You should still visit a Healthy Sexuality Clinic , your family doctor, or walk-in clinic to make sure you are pregnant.

Blood test

Your doctor will order the blood test and you will get the results back within 24-48 hours. The cost of a blood test is covered by OHIP. Blood tests to determine pregnancies are not performed at Peel’s Healthy Sexuality Clinic’s but you can get a requisition to take to a lab for blood work – your OHIP plan will cover the cost of this blood test

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4. I’m pregnant - what are my options?

Finding out you're pregnant can be exciting. But an unplanned pregnancy can bring on mixed emotions and can be a very confusing time for you.

As soon as you know you're pregnant:

  • Talk with someone you trust, like a friend, your family doctor or visit a Healthy Sexuality Clinic to speak to a doctor or nurse.
  • Get all the facts about your options – then make your decision about what you want to do. Don’t be pressured into anything…whatever you decide to do is up to you.

There are lots of agencies and groups that can help you. Visit our where can I get help if I am pregnant? section for a list of agencies you can call.

If you're pregnant, you have three options:

Continue the pregnancy

Maintaining good health is very important during your pregnancy. What you eat, whether you smoke, drink, or do drugs – all of these lifestyle habits or choices can affect your growing baby.

Speak with your family doctor or visit a Healthy Sexuality Clinic for more information about health during pregnancy and prenatal care.

Adoption

Women may choose adoption if they're not comfortable with having an abortion, or if they're not ready to become a parent.

If you do choose adoption, good prenatal care is important. What you eat, whether you smoke, drink, or do drugs– all of these lifestyle habits or choices can affect your growing baby. Make sure you speak with your family doctor or visit a Healthy Sexuality Clinic for more information about health during pregnancy and prenatal care.

As for the adoption process itself, contact the Children’s Aid Society of Peel or a licensed adoption agency that can help you with setting up an adoption. A Healthy Sexuality Clinic can provide you with a referral for an adoption. For more information, contact Peel Health at: 905-799-7700.

Abortion

Abortion is a choice for a woman who can't continue the pregnancy for whatever reason, personal or physical. In Ontario, abortion is legal up to 21 weeks (approximately 5 months) and the cost is covered by OHIP. And don't be scared of who might find out…all information is confidential.

You may have to get a referral from a Healthy Sexuality Clinic or family doctor to get an abortion. The procedure is done at clinics and hospitals.

Having an abortion is safe and will not affect your chances of getting pregnant in the future.

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5. Where can I get help if I am pregnant?

Abortion information

Adoption services and support

  • Adoption agency and counselling service: 1-800-250-2251
  • Childbirth by choice: 416-961-7812
  • Children’s Aid Society of Peel
    • Brampton: 905-796-2121
    • Mississauga: 905-275-7444

Financial assistance

Depending on your situation, you may be able to get financial help through Ontario Works in Peel. For more information, call Ontario Works at 905-793-9200.

General Sexual Health/Health Information

Health during pregnancy

  • Peel Health
    Ph: 905-799-7700
  • Motherisk
    Ph: 416-813-6780

Provides information on a variety of topics for women who are pregnant.

Housing

  • Humewood House
    Ph: 416-651-5657
    This is a residence for pregnant teens and their babies in Toronto. It also provides support and educational programs ranging from cooking to parenting classes. You can stay there for up to one year.

Support for Pregnant Teens

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