All About Pregnancy
Pregnancy is when semen (sperm) enters the vagina – usually through sexual intercourse – and the semen fertilises an egg in the female’s fallopian tube. This fertilised egg then develops into a foetus in the uterus or womb. It takes around nine months after fertilisation for the foetus to fully develop and for the female to give birth.
How do I know if I am pregnant?
If you have had unprotected sexual intercourse with a male, here are some signs that might indicate you are pregnant:
- your menses is late
- you feel like vomiting or some smells make you nauseous
- there is a change in your appetite
- you have sore breasts
- you experience unusual discomfort when having sex.
People experience pregnancy in different ways. You might have one, two or all of the above signs. If you think you might be pregnant, there are pregnancy tests available from pharmacies (or free from Medical Services Pacific). These tests are a good indication as to whether you might be pregnant; however, the only way to know for sure is to have your blood tested by a doctor or nurse.
What choices do I have if I am pregnant?
If you become pregnant then you have several choices. You can:
- continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby
- give the baby for adoption
- give the baby to a close relative to take responsibility in raising the baby (guardianship)
- choose not to continue with the pregnancy (abortion*).
* Abortion can only be carried out if a doctor determines the continuation of pregnancy will harm your physical or mental health, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. No other reasons for abortion are currently permitted under Fiji law. It is extremely important for your health and continued fertility that you only seek a safe abortion. Medical Services Pacific can provide counselling and advice on this.
Unplanned pregnancy? Don’t panic! Call the Child Helpline on 1325.