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Pregnancy

If you would like to talk with someone about pregnancy testing, pregnancy options, or any other questions concerning pregnancy, there are several resources on the University of Idaho campus and in the Moscow community that you can contact. The resources listed below may be utilized by women, men, or by couples who wish to speak with someone together.

On-Campus:

Student Health Clinic 208.885.6693
Counseling & Testing Center 208.885.6716

Community:

Moscow Family Medicine – 208.882.2011
Moscow Family Medicine is a primary care provider with 4 locations in Moscow including a QuickCare clinic, Main Street Clinic, West Side Clinic and the University of Idaho Student Health Clinic.
Moscow/Pullman OB/GYN 208.883.0813
Moscow/Pullman OB/GYN provides women's healthcare including obstetrics and gynecological services with locations in both Moscow and Pullman.
Planned Parenthood Pullman 886.904.7721
Planned Parenthood is a sexual and reproductive healthcare provider and advocate.  They are a pro-choice organization that provides many services and education regarding sexual health and reproductive rights.
WISH Medical Moscow 208.892.9474
WISH Medical is the medical arm of a 501 (c)3 non-profit, faith-based corporation.
They provide specialized medical, educational and practical support to those facing pregnancy, sexual relationship health and abortion related issues.

Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests are usually simple urine tests that screen for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus and is only found in the body if you are pregnant. You can take a home pregnancy test or go to a medical provider to be tested.
If you take a home test, it's important to follow all of the instructions carefully. The results will be either positive — meaning pregnant — or negative — meaning not pregnant. When used as directed, the home tests have similar results to the urine pregnancy tests in most medical providers' offices. At home tests usually cost between about $12-$15 and are available at most drugstores.

When to take?

You can take a pregnancy test as soon as your period is late. Some pregnancy tests even work a few days before a missed period. Read the label on the pregnancy test box to see how early the test can be used. All tests become more accurate as you get closer to the date of your expected period and are most accurate once you have already missed your period.

Accuracy

Home pregnancy tests (HPTs) can be quite accurate. But the accuracy depends on:

How you use them — Be sure to check the expiration date and follow the instructions. Wait ten minutes after taking the test to check the results window. Research suggests that waiting 10 minutes will give the most accurate result.

When you use them — The amount of hCG or pregnancy hormone in your urine increases with time. So, the earlier after a missed period you take the test, the harder it is to spot the hCG. Many HPTs claim to be 99 percent accurate on the first day of your missed period. But research suggests that most HPTs do not always detect the low levels of hCG usually present this early in pregnancy. And when they do, the results are often very faint. Most HPTs can accurately detect pregnancy one week after a missed period. Also, testing your urine first thing in the morning may boost the accuracy.

Who uses them — Each woman ovulates at a different time in her menstrual cycle. Plus, the fertilized egg can implant in a woman’s uterus at different times. hCG only is produced once implantation occurs. In up to 10 percent of women, implantation does not occur until after the first day of a missed period. So, HPTs will be accurate as soon as one day after a missed period for some women but not for others.

Negative? Positive?

If the pregnancy test is positive, that means you're pregnant. If you've taken a home pregnancy test, it's important to visit a medical provider for another test. Your medical provider can confirm the results, discuss your options with you if you are unsure about what to do, and help you get prenatal care.

A negative result from a home pregnancy test means you're unlikely to be pregnant. But sometimes it means you've taken the pregnancy test too early to know for sure. Wait until a day or two after your missed period and take another test to be sure.

Women sometimes find the results of pregnancy tests hard to read. If it's unclear whether the home pregnancy test you've taken is positive or negative, visit a medical provider for another test.

Your pregnancy options

You always have a choice; the question is what choice will you make? If you or someone you know is pregnant then the choices are basic; parenting, abortion or adoption. With pregnancy, these 3 options are life changing, not to mention lifelong. The best way to make a decision, especially a difficult one, is to first research, and educate yourself about your options.

Only you can decide which choice is right for you. But women often find it helpful to talk it through with someone else. You may choose to talk with your partner or a trusted family member or friend. Pick someone you think will be supportive. It's important to remember that you get to decide who is a part of your decision-making process. There are also many options on our campus and in our community (see resources at the top of this page).

Prenatal Care

Eat a healthy diet.
A healthy diet is vital for a healthy pregnancy. It's the best thing you can do for your baby's mind and body. It will also make you strong and ready for labor, delivery, and breastfeeding. Ask your medical provider about specific nutritional guidelines.

Exercise.
Walking and and other aerobic and strength exercises can help strengthen your body for your pregnancy and delivery. Be sure to consult with your medical provider about your exercise plans to be sure you're not overdoing it.

Get plenty of rest.
Be sure to get enough sleep and avoid as much stress as you can.

Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
Prescription drugs, alcohol, illegal drugs, caffeine, cigarettes, and even over-the-counter drugs can be harmful to the developing fetus. Check with your medical provider before you take any medications or substances or if you're concerned about something you've already taken during your pregnancy. After a baby is born, you should talk to your medical provider about medications, including birth control options, and their potential impact on breastfeeding.

Try to avoid infections.
Certain infections such as bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections can be more harmful during your pregnancy than when you are not pregnant. Be sure to talk with your medical provider if you think you have an infection or if you experience recurrent infections so that you can get treatments that are safe for you and your baby.

See your medical provider frequently.
It is important to check in with your medical provider regularly. If your medical provider believes you have a "low" risk pregnancy, you can expect to visit them at least once a month for the first 7 months, every 2 or 3 weeks for the 8th month, and weekly during the 9th month until delivery. If you have a "high" risk pregnancy, if this is your first baby, or if you have other health issues that need to be monitored, you can expect to see your medical provider more frequently.