Pregnancy is a time of great physical and emotional change for women. Proper prenatal care is important throughout pregnancy for both you and your baby, and can help answer any questions or concerns you might have. During prenatal care visits, your healthcare provider will make sure you and the developing fetus are healthy. These checkups are your opportunity to learn about important diet and lifestyle changes to make, what to expect throughout each stage of pregnancy, and what signs warrant a call to your healthcare provider.
If you are deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy, learning about each of your options may help you decide which option is right for you. It may also be helpful to talk it through with someone you trust-not to decide for you, but to help you decide what you think will be best for you. Absolutely no one should pressure you into making a decision you're not comfortable with. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can invoke a wide range of emotions, but an important thing to remember is that no matter what, you are not alone. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. The following resources may help.
- SD Department of Health Pregnancy Information and Services
- SD Department of Health Pregnancy Options
- South Dakota WIC Program