Am I pregnant?  What are my choices? Can I still accomplish my dreams?

We’re here for you.

If you feel pregnant or you’ve missed your last period, take a deep breath. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Step 1. Find out if you’re pregnant. A pregnancy test is the first step to confirm if you are pregnant or not. Don’t let thoughts about money, a relationship or the future build up in your mind and overwhelm you. We’ll address those concerns when it is time. Right now, let’s find out if you’re pregnant. You can purchase pregnancy tests at the local drug store or you can receive a free one at a local Pregnancy Help Center. Common signs of pregnancy include frequent urination, nausea, dizziness, and feeling tired. Symptoms differ based on the woman. Here’s more information if you’re still unsure.

Step 2. Contact a Pregnancy Help Center. They will work gently and confidentially with you to support you. If you haven’t taken a pregnancy test yet, you’ll be invited to when you contact a Pregnancy Help Center. If you have, and the result was positive, the counselors at the center will talk you through the your options – parenting, abortion, and adoption. We aren’t here to make the decision for you. We are here to provide you with all the information and you need to make your decision. Remember it’s completely free. Whatever the result of the test, we’re here for you. You’re not alone.

There are about 100 pregnancy resource centers in Illinois. There are over 50 just within a 100 mile radius of Chicago. If you need help locating one – just call us. We’d be happy to help at 312-422-9300.

These are some of our favorite: Aid for Women, WaterLeaf Women’s Center, Southside Pregnancy Center.

They are very kind and caring, we promise.

These Pregnancy Resource Centers can provide you with confidential counseling, prenatal care, and answers to questions on parenting, abortion, and adoption.

But for even more options, you can find a Woman’s Pregnancy Help Center that fits you here. Call whichever feels right for you. Call a couple. Or just stop by. We’re here to make sure you’re comfortable.

If it’s late at night and you just need someone to talk to, call 630-701-6270. Waterleaf Women’s Center counselors are incredibly kind and understanding. They will listen and their line is available 24-hours a day. This is a confusing and difficult time for you. You deserve to have someone listen. You can even text the Waterleaf ladies at 630-360-2256.

Step 3. Receive an ultrasound. An ultrasound allows you to take a peek into womb and see the development of your baby. Don’t worry about the cost, it’s completely 100% free at any of the Pregnancy Resource Centers. We want you to make an informed decision, so come see your baby for yourself! You can also visit our Science of Life page. You can take a walk through the womb and see how your baby will develop!

Step 4. Put together a plan. Pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially if you feel alone. We’re here for you. Surround yourself with people who have experience parenting. They will be invaluable to learn from. Pregnancy Help Centers can help you put together a plan that fits your needs. They will also help you explore your options: parenting, abortion, and adoption.

Step 5. Start dreaming again. When you find out you’re pregnant, you may feel as though your baby will replace your dreams and goals. You couldn’t be more incorrect. The number of options for women today is extraordinary. You don’t stop dreaming or reaching your goals when you become a mom – your dreams and goals actually just expand to include your little one. Sure, your baby will come first, but we can provide you with the resources to help put together a plan to accomplish all of your dreams. Being a mom is tough, but we can help – even if you just need help dreaming again – call us at 312-422-9300 or email us at [email protected]. We’ll get through this together.