High-Risk Pregnancies and the Vital Role of Prenatal Care

Pregnancy is a journey of anticipation and hope, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it’s classified as high-risk. At Ramona Women’s Clinic, we understand that every pregnancy is unique, and some require extra attention and care. This blog focuses on the critical importance of prenatal care in high-risk pregnancies, a topic that is especially relevant for young women and men in Ramona, CA, and beyond.

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The Emotional Spectrum: Is It Normal Not To Be Excited About Being Pregnant?

The prospect of becoming a parent often evokes a complex blend of emotions. Society frequently paints an idyllic picture of pregnancy filled with excitement and joy. However, it’s not uncommon to feel a range of other emotions, including dread, fear, or even ambivalence. In this blog, we at Ramona Women’s Clinic want to assure you that if you’re not excited about being pregnant, you’re not alone, and it’s perfectly normal. We will explore various factors that contribute to these feelings and offer insights into how you can cope with them.

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The Emotional Rollercoaster: Coping with Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnancy, often hailed as a miraculous journey, is accompanied by profound physical and emotional changes. The very fabric of one’s daily existence shifts as the body embarks on the remarkable task of nurturing a new life. As this process unfolds, a floodgate of hormones opens up, profoundly impacting mood and feelings. These hormonal tides can sometimes make an expecting mother feel as if she’s on an emotional rollercoaster, experiencing intense highs and lows, sometimes within the span of a single day. At Ramona Women’s Clinic, we deeply recognize the intensity of this transformative journey. With this article, we aim to shed light on the hormonal dynamics during pregnancy, provide a deeper understanding of what one might feel, and offer practical insights for navigating these emotional shifts.

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Choosing to Document and Savor Each Moment

Whether a pregnancy was unplanned or highly hoped for, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the whirlwind of checklists and to-do’s from the first trimester through delivery; without taking the time to cherish, document, and savor this sweet period of time. The most important factor in switching one’s mindset, is to embrace this nine month journey as a blessing; and though life-changing, the changes this child will bring will include joy, hope, and love that will fill a life more immensely then can even be fully understood until one experiences it personally. Though the belly grows externally for all to see, pregnancy is a very intimate experience; one that requires internal growth and strength.

Let us encourage you to embrace this time and actively choose to cherish each stage and milestone while they last; because truly the days are long but the weeks go fast. Despite the morning sickness, swelling, and mood swings; you will eventually find yourself missing the sweet intimate moments of pregnancy, but thankful for any documentation you have to reminisce upon.

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we are Ramona Women’s Clinic.  Therefore, I felt it would be perfect timing to lift each other up as women in the community.

My favorite woman in history is Mary, Queen of Scots.  I know, she is not relevant to us here today but I find her life to be one of strength and in the end, she did what she felt she needed to do to survive.  Oh, perhaps she is more relevant for today than I thought!

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Choosing Confidence…

Choosing Confidence In God’s Will

Staring at two pink lines will elicit a diverse variety of emotions and responses depending upon one’s life situation. For many women, the positive test staring back at them evokes feelings of fear and desperation. When faced with the many unknowns to follow, the weight of one’s future decisions is heavy and defining. For those struggling to decide and seeking further guidance on the choices available to them, we have a vast number of resources available.

Even following the decision to keep the baby, the feelings of doubt and disbelief can linger, if not intensify. It is immensely important to combat such harmful feelings. To do so we suggest finding a strong support group made up of informed people who each have your best interest at heart. This is the goal of the Ramona Women’s Clinic’s staff, to encourage and support you to the best of our ability through the entirety of your pregnancy as well as following the birth of your sweet baby.

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Pregnant During the Holidays

The holiday season, Halloween to New Year’s, in general can be very exciting.  For some people, the entire year is just made perfect by the culmination of the holiday season.  The costumes of Halloween, followed by the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, dressing and some pumpkin pie to finish the deal.  Only to be made perfect by the lights and all the trimmings that come with Christmas that lasts until New Year’s.

 

Of course, for some, the holiday season is only a reminder for the loss of a loved one, sister, brother, mother or father?  Despite the joyous time, there can be a side of sadness and tragedy.  I can say without reservation that during the holiday season, despite my joy of the season, I miss my mom and I miss my dad.

 

Perhaps this year is different for you.  You are no longer thinking about the joyous time of the season.  You are no longer focused on the loss of a loved one.  Perhaps this year you are realizing that without any action at all, next Christmas will have the pitter patter of little feet.  Little feet that belong to a baby.  One you might bring into this world.  Perhaps looking at all your friends enjoying the season helps you see even more how scary your pregnancy diagnosis is for you.  Your friends get to party!  They get to ring in the new year without stressing.

 

However, you are tired, and in bed by 9 pm.  Your thoughts are not on who will drive you home after a night of drinking.  Perhaps your thoughts are on who will drive you to your abortion.  Wait, is that what you want?  Is that really your only option?  It’s time for Thanksgiving dinner.  Will I tell my mom she will be a grandma at such a young age?  Or, she is ok with being a grandma, but she would have been much happier if you would have gotten married first.  What do you say to her?  You are daddy’s girl, now telling daddy you are no longer that little girl.

 

This time not only can be stressful, it IS stressful.  But you must know, it does not matter if tomorrow is Thanksgiving or Christmas.  What matters is-what do you do next?  Who do you talk to next?  What really are your options and who do you talk to about those options?  One thing you need to know is that there is time.  It doesn’t matter what day in December it is.  What matters is you, your feelings and your options.

 

We are here to talk about each and every option, as well as, each and every step.  Baby steps are needed, we can help with that.  A giant step forward?  Come talk to us first.  That giant step might end up being a little smaller than you think.  One moment at a time.  Tomorrow will be there, and we will be here for you.

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When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

When someone thinks they might be pregnant, there are so many questions.  This is especially true for someone who has never experienced pregnancy before.  Most often, the first sign of being pregnant is missing your mensural cycle.  However, not everyone keeps track of those dates.  Morning sickness and breast changes are some other signs which might make a woman think she may be pregnant.  Morning sickness or nausea anytime of the day can be a symptom of pregnancy, one that will grab your attention.  Swollen and or uncomfortable breasts can also be an annoying early sign of pregnancy.  There are other common symptoms of pregnancy.  But back to the question, when is it time to take a test?  The truth is, a pregnancy test if taken too soon, might give you a negative result even when you are in fact pregnant.  Once you have missed your period, you are getting closer to the right time.  Some would suggest the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you have missed the start of your period.  For those who choose to take the test sooner, then it is suggested the best time of day that you take the test is first thing in the morning. 

If you think you might be pregnant and you are ready for a pregnancy test, we are here for you. Our tests and services are at no cost to you and our tests are 99% accurate.  Above and beyond all of that, all of our services are done in confidence.  Our caring team of staff and volunteers are standing by, and are ready to help you.  Contact us here.

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Home Pregnancy Test

You would probably be surprised at how many tests we give to women who have already taken a home pregnancy test.  Several times a month we hear the statement, “Well, I did a test at home from the dollar store, and I just do not trust the results.” 

 

Right now, you might be reading this wondering if you are pregnant.  Are you wondering if you will head off to the dollar store for your own home pregnancy test?  After all, it’s only a dollar!  You might be asking yourself how often an at home pregnancy test is producing a false positive or a false negative response.  You might even be wondering if you can even come up with an extra dollar for their not so expensive test.  

 

Even if you do buy and perform a home pregnancy from the drug store, you may still feel insecure about the results.

 

We do not have the answers for you about home pregnancy tests, but we can assure you that we offer lab quality pregnancy tests with a 99% accuracy.  On top of that, all of our tests and services are at no charge to you.  Added to all of that, our caring and compassionate team of staff and volunteers will make sure you are not alone to read the results of your pregnancy test.

 

If you do get a positive pregnancy test result at home, we can confirm it with a test in our office.  If it comes out positive in our office, we go one step further and do an ultrasound test to attempt to confirm a pregnancy so you can be sure.  Contact us to schedule an appointment. 

 

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Three Minutes

Three Minutes!

What can you do in three minutes?  I took to social media to see what tasks take such a short period of time, this is what they said.

  • Cook a 3 minute egg. (Soft boil?)
  • Saying something nice to someone.
  • Hand written note.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Water plants.Get the mail.
  • Microwave bacon.
  • Brush teeth.
  • Comb hair.
  • Make the bed.
  • Feed the dog/s

Here at our clinic, our pregnancy test takes three minutes for accurate results.  I am sure that if you are sweeping the floor, three minutes seam like no time at all.  But if you think you may be pregnant and you are alone, three minutes might feel like forever!  At Ramona Women’s Clinic, you do not have to be alone.  Our kind and compassionate volunteers can help you navigate the time spent here in a positive way, so you do not feel alone.  

Contact us to schedule your free pregnancy test.

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