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You’re pregnant – what next?

You have taken a pregnancy test and your result has shown a positive reading. It is likely that you feel shocked or slightly overwhelmed, whether it is the result you hoped to receive or not, and this is only natural. You should take some time to let the news settle in and confide in a loved one before you think about your next steps…

 

If you’re happy to be pregnant

This is the news you’ve been hoping for or you’ve been trying to conceive for some time. This is a new chapter in your life, and it is exciting how things will change for you. Make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. When you confirm with your doctor that you are pregnant, your antenatal care will begin. The midwifery team will be informed that you are pregnant, and you will receive an appointment to meet with them around week 8-10 of your pregnancy.

Your health can have a heavy influence on your growing baby’s development, and so avoid drinking alcohol, taking illegal substances and smoking cigarettes throughout your onward pregnancy.

 

If you don’t want to be pregnant

It’s okay to feel this way and you should not hide from it. Everybody’s circumstances are different, and your doctor will not judge you, but booking an appointment with them is an essential first step. You may have already made your mind up about what you want but there may be other options available to explore. Your final decision should be carefully considered as it can ultimately change your life either way. Your options are…

• You have the baby – you may feel that your circumstances aren’t perfect, but you’re going to make it work.

• You have the baby, but you opt for adoption – this is a way of providing your child with new legal parents, which you see as the best outcome for you and baby.

• You end the pregnancy – you feel it is the right thing to do in your circumstances and you’ve thought a lot about it. To get an abortion you will need a referral from your doctor.

The important thing is that you stay calm and think rationally about your next steps. You’re not alone. If you still feel uncertain, there are organisations that can help. Visit our Contacts for Help page for more information.

 

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Why choose an Early Bird Swift pregnancy test?

When it comes to buying a pregnancy test, different thoughts may affect your purchasing decision. Varying factors such as brand recognition and price may drive you one way or another when in the shopping aisle. However, would knowing more about the tests available affect what pregnancy test may be best suited to you? We discuss why Early Bird Swift could be the one for you…

Accuracy and speed

Early Bird Swift pregnancy tests are over 99% accurate (as per laboratory testing). A test delivers results in under 5 minutes. Better yet, the test works from the first day of an individual’s missed period. These features mean that you need not wait long to reach your moment of clarity, once you think you could be pregnant.

Trusted experience

With over 30 years of experience in pregnancy test development, Early Bird Swift has worked to perfect a product for our customers. This is reassuring for you, to know that our pregnancy tests can be trusted and serve their purpose. With a simple one step process and hygienic easy reach handle, we remain focused on the test’s laboratory performance, which stands the test of time.

Help and support

With Early Bird Swift, our solution for you doesn’t end with your test result. We understand that not everybody gets the result they are looking for when using Early Bird Swift, and you may need some advice. Our pregnancy test comes with a QR Code on its packaging, which you can scan with your smartphone to instantly access our Key Information webpage which gives advice for your next steps. There is also a ‘Contacts for Help’ webpage which advises of organisations that can help you if you are feeling uncertain, alone, upset or afraid, and Frequently Asked Questions webpage. An educational leaflet is further included within the test’s packaging for help and advice.

 

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Taking a pregnancy test (reaching your moment of clarity)

Buying a pregnancy test can be a daunting process, whether you are hoping to be pregnant or not. Once you or a loved one has made this purchase, you’re one step closer to the clarity of finding out your result. You may feel that you’ve overcome one hurdle purchasing the test and now you face an even bigger one – because you face the unknown. This is only natural, but there are measures you can take to try and make yourself feel more at ease when you take a test.

A comfortable environment

When taking a test, you are more likely to feel relaxed if you are in a location where you are comfortable, such as your home. The build up to taking the test may have you feeling nervous, which is understandable. The last thing you need to be thinking about is paranoia and being unsettled so it is best to avoid performing a test in a public location or a workplace, if you can avoid it.

Support from loved ones

Have you confided in anyone about thinking you are pregnant? If you think having somebody such as a partner, a friend or a family member, close by when you take the test will help you feel more at ease then ask for their support. Whether you are shocked, scared or happy, having someone there with you for your moment of clarity can be of comfort to you. Ideally, your confidant will remain impartial and be there for you to talk to about how you feel.

Knowing your options

Beyond taking your pregnancy test, find comfort in the fact that help is always on hand. Whether you are planning for a baby, or not, and your test is positive – the next steps are up to you. If you are planning for a baby and your test is negative, there are options available to you and advice to take. You are not alone and remembering this before and after performing your test will help balance your mentality.

For help with your next steps please read our key information and visit our ‘Contacts for Help’ page.

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