Tips for Managing Pregnancy As a College Student

Every pregnancy brings challenges. However, when you’re a student, those challenges can feel doubly difficult. Here at Ava Women’s Center in East Liverpool, Ohio, we help many young women going through situations like this one. Keep reading to get some simple tips and advice you can use to make your own pregnancy journey easier, then give us a call at 844-371-4282 to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Be Positive

One of the hardest things to do when you become pregnant is to stay positive. It’s easy to become discouraged when you’re dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. You might feel like your entire life is suddenly off course, or like you don’t know what to do next. But instead of giving in to these feelings, try to focus on the good things about your life. Look for support and enjoyment around you.  It might be hard to find, and you might still have bad days. Even though you may not think so right now, good things can come of this. A positive outlook can go a long way toward making you feel better about things overall.

Be Realistic (and Plan Accordingly)

When you’re pregnant, you’ll have to accept the fact that your life is going to be different. You’ll need to be realistic about your condition and the restrictions it brings to your college life. You might have to make changes to your class schedules, including taking fewer classes per semester or giving yourself longer breaks between each class. You will need to manage the expectations of your friends and classmates. You might need to find a new, more supportive housing arrangement.  You may even find new friends who are excited to help you in this journey. These are decisions you’ll need to make in a timely fashion. If you need someone to talk to, the staff at Ava can help.


One of the biggest mistakes we see students make is to deny that their pregnancy will change anything. These students are often the ones who find it hardest to deal with being pregnant. If you accept that life is going to be different from here out, it will be easier to change your behaviors as well.

Learn to Accept Help

Another fact you’ll need to accept about pregnancy is that it’s very difficult to handle on your own. While you might be used to doing things your own way, now isn’t the time to be proud. If someone offers you help that you know would make your life easier, you should feel comfortable accepting it and thankful it was offered. But at the same time, don’t feel as though you have to accept all help offered to you. If you’re comfortable doing things yourself, you should be able to. But when you aren’t comfortable, or aren’t able, don’t feel bad for accepting a helping hand.

Keep Things Flexible

Accept that juggling college and pregnancy can be challenging.  College classes run on set schedules with firm due dates and requirements. Pregnancy, on the other hand, is unpredictable by nature. You might wake up sore and with a splitting headache. You might have to leave lectures more than once to use the bathroom. You might have doctor appointments conflicting with your class schedule. It’s a lot to manage.


In these cases, it’s best to try to plan ahead as much as you can, but also to try to remain flexible with your commitments. Look into solutions such as online classes or flexible scheduling. Don’t make appointments that you aren’t sure you’ll be able to keep. And make sure you talk to others, such as your professors, advisors, or classmates, so they can manage their expectations as well.  You won’t be the first person to attend school while pregnant, and you won’t be the last. Even people with planned pregnancies undertake college simultaneously -- it’s not impossible!

Find a Balance

Finally, remember that college isn’t just about what you learn in class. It’s also about learning responsibility and about following through on your commitments. This is hard when you’re pregnant because pregnancy is a commitment you carry with you everywhere you go. However, you can still find a balance between school and pregnancy. Balance your classes and homework with time off to relax, exercise, or be with friends and family. This will help you destress and feel healthier, which will make both school and pregnancy easier.


For more help managing your pregnancy and learning what to expect, contact Ava Women’s Center today. We help women from all backgrounds with pregnancy, parenting, and more. Call 844-371-4282 today to talk to someone or set an appointment to come in. We know about pregnancy, and we’re looking forward to helping you!


5 Misconceptions About Conception

When people come to our center for free pregnancy testing and other services, they often share with us stories of how they thought they couldn’t become pregnant or why they thought they were safe. Many people share these misconceptions, which is why we wanted to look at some of the more common myths about unintended pregnancy and sex, and share the truth for everyone to see. If you want to learn more, give Ava Women’s Center a call today at 844-371-4282 or visit our website to find helpful articles and information.

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Myth #1: I Can’t Get Pregnant When I’m On My Period


This is one of the most common misconceptions about sex we hear. Many women think that they cannot become pregnant during their menstrual periods. In truth, it is possible for women to become pregnant during menstruation. The probability is low, but the possibility exists. Also, STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted diseases or infections) can be passed between partners any day of the month -- even during menstruation.


Myth #2: Certain Positions Prevent Pregnancy


Some people believe that by having sex in a certain position it’s impossible to get pregnant. A related myth is that you can prevent pregnancy by positioning yourself a certain way after intercourse. Both of these ideas are false, though. Sperm can travel into your uterus and fertilize an egg no matter what position you are in.


Myth #3: You Can’t Get Pregnant the First Time You Have Sex


Many young women believe that if they are virgins before having sex, they cannot get pregnant. This is a myth, however. The truth is that you can get pregnant even if you’ve never had sex before.


Myth #4: Condoms and Birth Control Prevent All Pregnancies


While condoms and prescription birth control can help prevent pregnancy, no birth control method is 100% effective. Pregnancies can happen even when you use birth control correctly. All forms of birth control include information about their failure rates - in other words, the percentage of times they weren’t effective. You should also note that prescription birth control methods don’t provide any protection against STDs or STIs. The only way to keep yourself completely safe is not to have sex.


Myth #5: The Morning After Pill is Safe and Simple


The morning after pill is marketed as a safe way to prevent pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or if your birth control fails. However, these medications can have serious and even dangerous side effects. If you are considering using the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy, you should know about the risks of doing so.


In truth, the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs 100% of the time is to abstain from having sex. This can be difficult, but it’s the best decision in order to keep yourself safe.


To learn more about pregnancy, sex, and relationships, or if you have concerns about a possible pregnancy, contact us today at Ava Women’s Center. Our caring staff will help you and take the time to listen to your concerns. All help is confidential and free. Call us today at 844-371-4282 to request an appointment at our office.


What Is Abortion Pill Reversal?

It’s an unfortunate truth that many women who choose to undergo an abortion have regrets - and some start having them immediately after taking abortive medication. In the past, these women would have had to finish a procedure they didn’t want. Now, however, there is another option: a medical treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill.  For more information, give Ava Women’s Center a call at 844-371-4282.  The counselors there can give you information on the treatment and refer you to a physician who can administer it.

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How Abortion Pills Work

The abortion pill reversal process is based on the way the abortion pill itself works. The abortion “pill” is actually two separate medications given at different times. The first, mifepristone (also known as Mifeprex or RU-486) is a steroidal drug that inhibits the actions of the pregnancy hormone progesterone. It is given at the first appointment with a doctor and prepares a woman’s body for abortion by softening the cervix and degrading parts of the placenta.

However, mifepristone alone does not complete the abortion process. Within 24-48 hours of taking it, a woman must take a second drug, misoprostol, to complete the abortion process. Misoprostol causes uterine cramps and contractions that detach the embryo from the uterus and induce a miscarriage.

Because there is a delay between taking mifepristone and misoprostol, an abortion is not immediate. This delay is what makes the abortion pill reversal a possibility.

The Abortion Pill Reversal Process

Abortion pill reversal is based on reversing or avoiding the effects of the first abortive drug, mifepristone. Because mifepristone works to block progesterone receptors, abortion pill reversal attempts to overwhelm the drug with supplemental progesterone.

By giving a woman who has taken mifepristone high doses of supplemental progesterone, doctors can reduce the effects of the drug and attempt to save the pregnancy. The supplemental progesterone negates the mifepristone in the body until the abortion drug is out of the woman’s system and her own progesterone can support the pregnancy normally.

Research shows that a high dose oral progesterone taken within 72 hours of the first abortion pill (mifepristone) is 68% effective in stopping the effects of abortion drugs and saving a pregnancy. In other words, about 68% of women who undergo the reversal will be able to continue on and have a normal pregnancy with no harm to the baby. While this isn’t a perfect success rate, it’s a rare opportunity for a second chance for women who regret their initial choice.

Can I Get an Abortion Pill Reversal?

If you have already taken mifepristone and you regret your choice, it may not be too late. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline right away at 877-558-0333 to speak to a caring, confidential representative and learn more about your options, or visit their website now at www.abortionpillreversal.com.

That said, you shouldn’t rely on chances of a reversal if your mind isn’t made up. If you aren’t sure whether you really want an abortion, and you haven’t taken any abortive medications, the best decision is to wait and speak with someone who can help. Ava Women’s Center is here for you. We offer free decision help and counseling to any pregnant woman or couple. Call 844-371-4282 or visit our website today to learn more about the services we offer.  All our services are free and 100% confidential.

My Girlfriend is Pregnant - What Do I Do?

When your girlfriend or partner comes to you with news of pregnancy, it’s natural to feel many different emotions. You might be scared, confused, upset, or even excited. But no matter how you feel about the situation, there are some things you need to do to ensure you and her are both healthy and safe. Keep reading to learn more about your next steps and then give us a call at 844-371-4282 to schedule a free appointment with us.

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First Steps

Before you do anything else, there are a few essential questions you should ask. Make sure you get the answers to these questions before you make any decisions or take any further action.

Is She Really Pregnant?

The first question you need to answer is, “Is she really pregnant?” You’d be surprised how many women think they could be pregnant and tell their partner before they’ve even taken a pregnancy test.

If you aren’t sure where to get a pregnancy test or want to make sure you can trust the results, come to Ava Women’s Center today. We offer totally free and confidential pregnancy testing services.  Oftentimes women take a store-bought test incorrectly, or have trouble reading the results.  Our medical staff can administer a test for a definite result.

Is the Pregnancy Viable?

Once your girlfriend has taken a pregnancy test and gotten a positive result, the next step is to see if the pregnancy is viable. A surprising percentage of them are not, and will either self-terminate or require medical intervention (such as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy).

You can confirm pregnancy viability with an obstetric ultrasound. We offer free ultrasound examinations to women who receive a positive result on their pregnancy test at our center. Call us at 844-371-4282 to learn more.

What Does She Need?

Along with making sure the pregnancy is safe, you should also make sure your partner is. As much as you’re going through, recognize that your girlfriend is experiencing all that and more. Women’s bodies go through rapid and difficult changes during pregnancy, and your girlfriend may have trouble handling them all. Try to be understanding and compassionate during this time, and realize she may need help even if she doesn’t ask for it.

What Do You Need?

Many men in this situation make the mistake of concentrating so much on their girlfriend and the pregnancy that they forget to take care of themselves. However, it’s perfectly natural to take some time to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or counselor. You shouldn’t feel like you have to suppress your own emotions to make it through this situation. Instead, find an outlet for these feelings.

Face the Situation Together

The one thing that’s most important to remember in this situation is that you’re on the same team, and your decisions affect both of you. When one of you gets frustrated, angry, or scared - and the chances are that will happen - just remember that you’re stronger together.

At Ava Women’s Center, we provide both women and men with the resources and information they need to handle an unplanned pregnancy, including free pregnancy testing, free limited ultrasounds, parenting education, and more. Call our center today at 844-371-4282 to schedule an appointment. We’d love to meet with you.

How To Tell Your Boyfriend You're Pregnant

When you’re in a committed relationship, planning your pregnancy announcement can be exciting and fun. However, if you weren’t planning to become pregnant, this moment can turn into a nerve-wracking experience. We understand that it can be scary to find out you’re pregnant unexpectedly - and even scarier to discuss it with your partner. Here is some advice to help you through this situation. Give us a call today at 844-371-4282. We’d love to talk with you.

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Step 1: Determine If You’re Really Pregnant

Before you start planning all the different ways to break the news of your pregnancy, you should make sure you’re really pregnant. At Ava Women’s Center, we offer some free services that can help you know for sure if you’re expecting.

First, you can come to Ava Women’s Center for a free, confidential, and accurate pregnancy test from our medical staff. It may come as a surprise, but many women take pregnancy tests incorrectly and get inaccurate results.

If you do get a positive pregnancy test result at Ava Women’s Center, you may also qualify for a free limited obstetrical sonogram by a licensed sonographer to confirm your pregnancy is viable. This procedure is simple and safe, and it allows you to learn essential information about your pregnancy such as your estimated due date and how far along you are.

Ava Women’s Center also offers free STD testing, once your pregnancy is confirmed, since the presence of and STD may affect your decision about your pregnancy.

Step 2: Consider Your Own Feelings

If your pregnancy test and ultrasound come back positive, it can be tempting to rush to your boyfriend for support. However, we recommend considering your own feelings first, before you tell anyone else.

One of the best ways to come to terms with your own thoughts is to write them down on paper. When you write something down, your mind has to slow down and think about each word. Your thoughts don’t get a chance to “run away,” and it’s easier to keep track of all the feelings in your head and heart. This is a good way to consider and process all your feelings and ideas.

Step 3: Understand Your Options

Finally, it’s important that you understand all of your options early on in the process. Many women have misconceptions about the different pregnancy options available. That’s why it’s important to get the truth about every option before you make any decisions you can’t take back.

At Ava Women’s Center, we offer free information and education about all your pregnancy options. You can sit down with one of our volunteers and talk through all of your pregnancy options in a safe, comfortable, and confidential setting.

Step 4: Tell Your Partner

Once you have the information you need and you’ve taken time to sort out how you feel, you need to tell your partner. We recommend giving him the news in a comfortable and familiar setting, such as at home or another private space. Don’t bring it up when you’re out in public, like at a restaurant or cafe. This can make the situation more uncomfortable for both of you.

When you tell your boyfriend, make sure you’re open and honest about your own feelings and plans. Don’t try to hide your own thoughts or emotions. However, you should also expect your boyfriend to need some time to process the news as well. He might be confused, angry, scared, or even excited. Give him time to work through his own thoughts and feelings before you ask how he wants to proceed.

It’s also important in this stage to be a good listener, and to allow him to be open with you. In many cases the boyfriend feels differently about pregnancy than the girlfriend does. This is natural, and you will need to work through these differences together.

Additional Pregnancy Help

Of course, telling your boyfriend that you’re pregnant is only the first step of your journey. You will need to make many more decisions in the coming weeks and months. If you need help with these choices or you’re not sure where to turn, Ava Women’s Center is here for you. We offer free help, education, and support for all women and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy. We even offer special services for men to help your boyfriend decide on his own role in your pregnancy.

For more information, call Ava Women’s Center today at 844-371-4282 for an appointment or to talk. You don’t have to go through this alone!

How To Tell My Parents I'm Pregnant

So you’ve taken a pregnancy test - or three. Perhaps you even came into our center for a free ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy. Now you’re faced with one of the hardest challenges of all: telling your parents you’re pregnant. Keep reading for some advice on how to approach the conversation. Ava Women’s Center is here to support you. Give us a call today at 844-371-4282.

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No teen or young adult wants to go through this situation, but it still happens to thousands every year. You might feel paralyzed by feelings of guilt, embarrassment, or shame. However, the longer you put it off, the more difficult the situation can become. Here is some simple advice to help you tell your parents about your pregnancy.

Sooner is Better

If there’s one thing you can be sure about, it’s that telling your parents you’re pregnant early on is always better. The longer you wait to tell your parents about your pregnancy, the more complications and difficulties can arise. Often, waiting to tell your family causes stress and anticipation - which is exactly what you don’t want in early pregnancy. Besides, in many cases, the reaction you imagine is much worse than the reaction you will actually get. It’s best to tell your parents soon and start working out your next steps.

Telling Others First Can Make it Easier

If you’re worried about how your parents will react, you can choose to confide in others first. Telling a sibling, relative, or close friend can be a good way to “test the waters” and gauge how your parents may react. It can also help relieve some of the stress and anxiety of keeping a huge secret, making the telling itself easier to do.

It might also be a good idea to bring one of these people along as support when you tell your parents.  Each situation is different and you can’t know exactly how your parents will react. However, if you feel like your parents might not react well or you don’t feel comfortable telling them by yourself, you should ask someone to accompany you.  The less stress you have going into the conversation, the easier it will be to navigate.

Make Sure They’re Prepared

Obviously, very few parents are ready to hear that their daughter is pregnant unexpectedly, but you can soften the impact by making sure they hear the news in a comfortable setting. Don’t blurt it out in passing or while you’re in a public place, and don’t tell them in anger or out of fear. Before you do, think through what you want to say and where, and give them a heads up that you want to sit down and talk.

Anticipate and Accept Their Feelings

It’s likely that your parents will be angry, confused, or even disappointed by the news. This isn’t ideal for you, but it is to be expected. Remember, your parents are people too, and they have their own plans and goals. They might even say something that is mean or hurtful - and so might you. But it’s important not to let this conversation become an argument. You’re all in this together, and you need to support and respect each other to make it through.

Don’t Make Any Decisions Yet

Your parents might start talking about getting an abortion or placing the baby for adoption when you tell them. However, it’s important not to make any decisions right away. Time is your friend. Make sure everyone is calm and composed before talking about your options and discussing what you actually want. Furthermore, remember that nobody - not even your parents - can make these decisions for you. If you aren’t comfortable with their choices or reasoning, don’t let them pressure you.

In a time like this, you might be surprised by how well your parents take the news. Some may be excited to have a grandchild. On the other hand, there is always a chance that your parents might react badly. If you find yourself in a bad situation after you tell your parents, remember that there are places to get help, support and a friendly face.

If you’re in the East Liverpool, Ohio, area, contact Ava Women’s Center! We are here to provide a listening ear, support, and resources as you make your pregnancy decision. Call 844-371-4282 to make an appointment for testing or counseling.  We’d love to talk with you.