I’m Afraid to Give Birth

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afraid to give birth

I’m Afraid to Give Birth

You have options. Don’t allow the fear of giving birth to be the only, or even the most important factor!

Any medical procedure, even one as natural as giving birth, can be terrifying if it is something you’ve never faced.  Add to that the stress and anxiety of an unplanned pregnancy and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.  But don’t let being afraid to give birth get the best of you; first take a deep breath and then consider finding a place where you can get a free pregnancy test. After all, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy with a medical professional before you do anything else!

If you are in fact facing an unplanned pregnancy, fear of giving birth might be a major concern for you. It may impact how you think about your options.  Finding a place that will not only confirm your pregnancy, but also provide options counseling is important.  You have options.  If this is your first pregnancy, being afraid to give birth is typical; however, don’t allow fear to be the only, or even the most important factor!

For many women, it’s hard to imagine that our bodies are able to grow and change to carry a baby the size of a large watermelon!  We look at our naked bodies in the mirror and just can’t understand how that is possible.  What’s more we can’t wrap our minds around the idea of a baby passing through our birth canal.  We imagine that must be the most painful, horrible thing on earth.

But the truth is that our bodies are designed to adapt to a growing baby.  After all, it takes a full nine months for the baby to become full term.  In addition, our bodies are also designed for the process of giving birth.  Labor can be fast and furious, but more often it is slow and predictable, taking many hours to cause the necessary changes to allow for the birth of a baby.

Thankfully, we live in a time when there are many options for pain management.  Regardless of how well you tolerate pain, it’s important for every pregnant patient to talk to her doctor and put a plan in place.  It’s every bit as true for those who want to minimize the pain as it is for those who want to go all natural.  The important thing is to be honest with your provider about your fears and allow him or her to help you formulate the best plan for you. 

Facing an unplanned pregnancy is scary enough.  Being afraid to give birth can be overwhelming. Don’t allow fear to push you towards one option.  Find a place that will talk to you about all of your options and provide you with the medical information you need to make an informed decision.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News we can do just that.  We offer a safe place for you to talk to someone and we have registered nurses who can help you with the medical questions you might have.  And it’s all free of charge to you.  Give us a call today at 757-591-8141.  We are here for you.

By Sheri, Advocacy Manager

January 25th, 2021

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¿Embarazada y considerando un aborto?

Embarazada y considerando un aborto
Embarazada y considerando un aborto

¿Embarazada y considerando un aborto?

Te vemos y queremos ayudarte

Enfrentarte a un embarazo no planeado es angustiante. Puede ser que te sientas asustada, sorprendida y sola cuándo embarazada y considerando un aborto. Cual sea la emoción que estés sintiendo, no tienes que sentirte o pasarlo sola.

Te vemos y queremos ayudarte.  Si tú estás considerando un aborto, si necesitas un lugar de confianza donde puedas discutir tus opciones, obtener servicios médicos de buena reputación y hablar con alguien que te pueda ayudar.

Hay cierta información que tú necesitas antes de decidir qué hacer con tu embarazo.

Es importante que tú consideres que…

    1. Entérete exactamente qué tan avanzado esta tu embarazo. Esta información es importante para determinar qué tipo de aborto está disponible para ti. Si la información no es correcta, esto puede ser perjudicial para ti y tu salud.
    1. Asegúrete de que el embarazo sea viable. Si el corazón no tiene latidos o si el embarazo no se encuentra en el útero, puede ser que termine pagando por un servicio que no necesite o puede ser que necesite atención médica de emergencia, no un aborto.

Hacerte un ultrasonido puede brindarte información sobre esas dos consideraciones y nosotros ofrecemos ultrasonido gratis en Alcove Health Women’s Clinic.

Si estás considerando un aborto, también es importante que proteja tu salud reproductiva haciéndote una prueba de enfermedades venéreas o ITS (infecciones de transmisión sexual). Tú puedes obtener estas pruebes gratis aquí en Alcove Health cuando se presente a su cita de embarazo.

Como individuos a veces buscamos apoyo en otras personas para que nos ayuden a decidir qué hacer con el embarazo no planeado. Es importante de elegir personas en las cuales pueda confiar de que brinden información clara y precisa.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic cuanta con profesionales atentos y listos para responder cualquier pregunta que tú puedas tener. Te brindarán atención experta, información precisa acerca de todas sus opciones y apoyo sin prejuicios a lo largo del camino.

Todos nuestros servicios son gratuitos, confidenciales y confiables.

Póngate en contacto con nosotros hoy.

En Alcove Health Women’s Clinic en Newport News, te brindamos un espacio seguro para que procese tus opciones, comprendas tu embarazo, recibas servicios médicos importantes para que obtengas la información necesaria y así hacer una decisión bien informada. Llámenos hoy al 757-591-8141 para darte tu cita gratuita y confidencial.

January 18, 2022

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I Am Pregnant And Not Sure I Want To Parent

I Am Pregnant And Not Sure I Want To Be A Parent
I Am Pregnant And Not Sure I Want To Be A Parent

I Am Pregnant And Not Sure I Want to Parent

Having an unplanned pregnancy can bring on a mix of emotions

Making a pregnancy decision can be very stressful, especially for an unplanned pregnancy. It is one of the most important yet difficult decisions you will make. Looking at a positive pregnancy test, your first thought may be, “I’m not sure I want to parent.” Before you decide, though, let’s discuss some myths and some realities of parenting.

Myth #1 – I’m not sure I want to parent because I cannot fulfill my dreams. The message we often hear from the current culture is “You can do anything and be anything.” That message is accurate and includes parenting. You can have a job, own a business, go to school, or anything else you dream to do AND be a parent. We often hear a myth that can make us think it may be too hard, and we may not be equipped to handle it all, but that is NOT true. You can and you will amaze yourself by what you are capable of doing.

Myth #2 – I’m not sure I want to parent because parenting means I no longer have a life. Actually, many women find that this is when their lives begin. Caring for and protecting a child can bring a new sense of purpose and drive into your life. Having a support system will allow you to still pursue things you want to accomplish. Yes, you can still have fun! It may look different, but you will still be able to have a fun and fulfilling life. You may already have a support system started, and you will build on it the moment you call Alcove Health Women’s Clinic.

Having an unplanned pregnancy can bring on a mix of emotions. You may have so many questions and uncertainties about your finances, a home, a job, childcare, and your future. You may even feel pressured to make a quick decision. Take a deep breath and take things one day at a time. We are here for you. You will never regret taking your time and thinking through a decision that will have a significant impact on the rest of your life.

Click here to make an appointment so you can process your feelings with one of our trained client advocates and receive medical services from our Registered Nurses. You deserve accurate medical information so you can make a decision that protects your reproductive health. Here at Alcove Health all of our appointments are no-cost and confidential.

This is part 3 of a series. If you would like to read the others, please click to learn more about Adoption and Abortion. 

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

December 27th, 2021

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Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy in James City County

Facing An Unplanned Pregnancy in James City County
Facing An Unplanned Pregnancy in James City County

Unplanned Pregnancy in James City County

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in James City County, who can you call?

James City County is a great place to plan your next vacation or stay-cation. From riding the roller coasters at nearby Busch Gardens, visiting Jamestown Settlement, hiking scenic trails, to touring the College of William and Mary, James City County has a lot to offer. But what if you’re looking for help to deal with an unplanned pregnancy in James City County? Who can you call?

Here’s a great option for you – Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. With just a short drive to Newport News, you can find the help you need. At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you can find a safe space to get medically accurate information and support so you can make an informed decision that’s good for your reproductive health. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in James City County, Alcove Health can provide you with a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and education about all of your options.

But wait – why do you need an ultrasound if you think you might want an abortion? Glad you asked – because without an ultrasound you don’t know what you don’t know. How can you make a decision without accurate information? There are so many unanswered questions that matter, like: Is my pregnancy even in the right place (if not, that’s a different medical situation altogether)? How far along am I (this will determine some of your options)? Is the pregnancy even viable (a fancy word for meaning you are not in the middle of a miscarriage)? 

And what’s more, when you come to our clinic, we can help you connect with additional resources through our community partners here in Newport News.

Call Alcove Health…take the short drive to get the help you need. All of our services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. Of all the times in your life where you will want free and confidential, probably none is more important than when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and trying to decide what to do. A visit to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is worth the drive because YOU are worth the drive.

By Karen, Client Advocate

December 20, 2021

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3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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I am Pregnant and Considering Abortion

Woman Considering Abortion
Woman Considering Abortion

I am Pregnant & Considering Abortion

You may have lots of questions ... We’re here to help.

Considering Abortion?

There are two ways of ending a pregnancy: in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill. If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you may have lots of questions and an abortion consultation is a good place to start. We’re here to help. Having an abortion is a very difficult decision; each situation is different, stressful, and often life-changing.

Good information and support can really help you make the decision that is best for you, and your health.  This is why we offer FREE and confidential appointments. Click here to schedule online, or here by phone. At your appointment, you will meet with an options advocate and a registered nurse in a safe, judgement-free environment. After your appointment, you will leave your appointment feeling truly empowered to make the best decision for you.

Reproductive Health

You deserve accurate information to make the best decision for your reproductive health. During your appointment, you will gain the medical knowledge that you need to ensure your health is protected.  There is a lot of politically charged misinformation on the internet and it can be hard to navigate what you really need to know before making a decision that can impact your health long term.

No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what. If someone is pressuring you to have an abortion please reach out to us for help, we want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need before making a decision. That includes medical knowledge that many people do not consider when they are not the person in the unplanned pregnancy.

Expert Care

Family, relationships, school, work, life goals, health, safety, and personal beliefs – these are things that can weigh heavily on you. It is important to carefully consider these things before having an abortion. And these are the things that we can help you process in a safe confidential space.

Lots of people lean on others to help them with their decision. It’s good to choose people who you know are understanding and you can trust to give you accurate information. Your local Alcove Health Clinic has caring professionals that can answer any questions you may have. They’ll give you expert care, accurate information about all your options, and non-judgmental support along the way.

Here are a few examples of information you may need to know about your pregnancy before making a parenting decision:

    • It is important to know exactly how far along you are. This medical information is important to determine what type of abortion is available for you. If you are given incorrect information this could potentially be harmful to you.
    • Ensuring the pregnancy is viable is important; if there is no heartbeat or if the pregnancy placement is not in the uterus you could end up paying for a service you do not need or it could be a medical emergency. This is why an ultrasound is so important and you can get a free ultrasound right here at Alcove Health.
    • Understanding what will happen to your body during an abortion is vital. No matter what decision you make you want to go in armed with knowledge.
    • Protecting your reproductive health by ensuring you have not contracted an STI is extremely important before you make this decision and you can get your free STI/STD test at Alcove Health when you come in for your pregnancy appointment.

Call Alcove Health in Newport News today to schedule your no-cost and confidential appointment. We have helped thousands of women over three decades – we see you, we hear you, and we want to help.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

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Should I Ask Roo?

Should I Ask Roo?

Seeking advice from an online source might be easy but it might not be the best course of action.

You mustered up the courage to buy the at-home pregnancy test and it’s positive.  What now?  You’ve got questions!  First of all . . . is this thing accurate?   You could ask Roo, but finding a reliable source for a free pregnancy test should be first on your to-do list! 

As important as that is, you might have some pressing questions that can’t wait.  You might be thinking…

    • What will my boyfriend say?
    • What will others think?
    • Will my parents be angry?

It’s natural to worry about what others might think or say.  But there are far more important questions to ask.  Instead, consider asking yourself these questions…

    • What are my options?
    • What are the pros and cons of each?
    • How might each option impact me physically?
    • How might each impact me mentally or emotionally?

Those are big questions.  Where should you go for answers?  

Seeking advice from an online source might be easy but it might not be the best course of action.  Before seeking advice from an online source, such as a chatbot, consider the following…

    • Who is on the other side of this chatbot?
    • What do they know about my unique situation?
    • Where do their values and beliefs line up with mine?
    • Where do they differ?
    • And most importantly, do they have anything to gain from my choice?

Roo is the sexual health chatbot from Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood is the number one abortion provider in the nation.  If you decide to have an abortion after chatting with someone on Roo, there’s a good chance you will end up at a Planned Parenthood office.  So understanding what the person on the other side of the chatbot might have to gain is important.

Instead, consider seeking the advice of people who love you and care about you.  You should also know that there are places you can go with real, live people who want to hear your story and who want to help…people who have nothing to gain from your decision. 

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we provide a safe space for you to process your options.  In addition, our Registered Nurses can provide you with the valuable medical information you need to make an informed decision like a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound.  We can also offer you a free abortion consultation and free STI testing.  Give us a call today at 757-591-8141 and schedule an appointment

It’s important to ask the right questions.  It’s equally important to get the right information from people you can trust. 

By Sheri, Client Advocacy Manager

October 14, 2021

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Pregnancy and Nausea

Nausea in Pregnancy
Nausea in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Nausea

"It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night"

Nausea during pregnancy is typically one of the most experienced and complained about symptoms that women report. It is known to be an early sign of pregnancy and some women feel nausea even before they’ve received their free pregnancy test. It is most often experienced between 7 weeks and 12 weeks of pregnancy. The cause is usually associated with increased hormone levels of the pregnancy, but it has not been found to affect the growing fetus.

 It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night, despite being known as “morning sickness“.  Strong smell aversions, acid reflux, or a metallic taste in the mouth can also accompany this nausea.

Here are some ideas to help ease symptoms you may be experiencing:

    • Smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Try not to have an empty stomach by always having something small available to nibble on.
    • Drink liquids in between meals, instead of with your meal.
    • Allow extra time to digest—rushing tends to aggravate nausea.
    • A high protein diet with complex carbohydrates (ex. peanut butter on wheat toast). Avoid greasy or processed foods.
    • Numerous studies have shown that ginger really does reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. You may find even the smell of fresh ginger calms an upset stomach. Stock up on staples made with real ginger (check the label; many prepared foods don’t contain the real deal), such as ginger snaps, ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger candies, ginger biscuits or crystallized ginger. Use fresh ginger when you cook, or add it to hot tea.
    • Cool fresh air and rest.
    • Take your prenatal vitamin to compensate for any nutrients you may not be getting, at whatever time of day you’re least likely throw it back up. You may want to try taking it right before bed.
    • If your symptoms are particularly rough, ask your practitioner about switching your prenatal vitamin for one with more B6 and less (or no) iron, which can be particularly tough on a sensitive tummy. Also, ask whether you should take an additional vitamin B6 supplement or the antihistamine doxylamine (found in Unisom SleepTabs).

Remember that this phase of pregnancy is not usually prolonged, and some healthy distractions of daily life can provide relief. Maintain hydration and enough sleep, and allow time for the baby to grow.  Certainly, prolonged vomiting or inability to keep liquids down should be evaluated by a physician. This is an exciting time and filled with hopeful anticipation. 

At Alcove Health we want to support you through this time by providing helpful community resources, medical referrals, and material needs.  Please call us or click here to schedule an appointment today!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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I’m Pregnant and I Don’t Know What To Do in York County Virginia

Facing an unplanned pregnancy in York County and don't know what to do
Facing an unplanned pregnancy in York County and don't know what to do

I'm Pregnant & I Don't Know What to Do . . .

. . . in York County, Virginia

York County has a lot to offer. While fun times and entertainment get a lot of attention, sometimes we need something different. Sometimes something unexpected happens – like an unplanned pregnancy. Each year, close to 100 York County women experiences an unplanned pregnancy. Life can be complicated, right?

In times like this, you want a place that can give you what you need – from people who will treat you right. You deserve that. 

So, facing an unplanned pregnancy, where do you find that kind of help and those kinds of people? 

Turn to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic – they provide that kind of help and they are those kinds of people. What’s more, they are centrally located in Newport News, just minutes outside of York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic will give you the help you need – like a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and a safe space to discuss your options, all just a short drive from York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is the perfect answer to a stressful, “What do I do next?” question.

And, since all of our services are FREE, money is never a stressor. That’s right, all of the services we provide are free and CONFIDENTIAL. No tricks or gimmicks.

There’s an added value in going to a clinic in your local area. The staff in the clinic are well aware of different services in the area – like food and clothing assistance,  transitional housing, and additional free medical services – all located in or near York County. 

At a time like this, it’s important for you to get all the help you need. While the pregnancy may be the most urgent, why not get help with your pregnancy decision AND help with any additional services you need?

It’s the beauty of a local clinic. We live here. We know the area. We can help. Call us today for judgment-free assistance so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health and other areas in your life.

Always free. Every time. CALL for your appointment today or click HERE to schedule.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

March 30, 2021

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

Facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia
Facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

About 1,700 Newport News women face unplanned pregnancies every year. You may be one of these women. Wondering what to do with a pregnancy you didn’t plan and you may not want.

If you’re living in Newport News, here’s a great option for you – Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. We’re conveniently located right here in the center of the city. What’s more, all of our services are provided with confidentiality and they’re completely free. 

You may be a lifelong resident of Newport News. Or you may just be visiting the area. Or you may be a student at Christopher Newport University – only living here during the school year.  Whatever your reason for coming to Newport News, if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, we’re here to provide you with the close-by, confidential medical services you need to make a safe decision.

It’s the best first call you can make as a pregnant woman.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you can find a safe space to get medically accurate information and support so you can make an informed decision that’s good for your reproductive health.  

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Alcove Health can provide you with a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and education about all of your options.  All without ever leaving the area.

And what’s more, when you come to our local clinic, we can help you connect with additional resources through our community partners here in Newport News.

Real care, tailored to your individual needs – that’s what Alcove Health provides.

An unplanned pregnancy may be just the tip of the iceberg for you. Other stressors in your life may weigh heavy on you as well. Alcove Health can help you get the help you need. We have connections to local resources for food, housing assistance, medical insurance – and so much more!

This is our area. We live in the area we serve and we want to connect local women will all the resources they need. Pregnancy may be the first thing on your mind, but it’s probably not the only thing on your mind. Life with an unplanned pregnancy is complicated. We can help you find the assistance you need –  right here in Newport News. Call us today.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment in Newport News, Virginia at Alcove Health today.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

February 10, 2021

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