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Pregnancy and Medical Abortion


How does pregnancy occur? We all know that unprotected sex between a man and a woman can produce pregnancy. But when does conception take place and what happens in conception that tells a woman’s body she is pregnant? If you are in the pregnancy decision, our hope is you will consider the development of your fetus and what this article says about medical abortions.


Fertilization of a woman’s egg takes place a couple of weeks before you may suspect pregnancy when you have missed your period. The egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube which it travels down increasing in development until it reaches the uterus. During this time, the body is preparing for the fertilized egg to attached to the uterus wall where it will continue to develop. At the point of conception, the chromosomes contributed from the mom and the dad come together to determine the child’s sex and physical traits. After two weeks from fertilization you may wonder if you are pregnant as this would be the time for your next period. At this point you maybe feeling either excited or anxious emotions.


Facing the emotions of pregnancy maybe the deciding route for your pregnancy. Excitement with support around you provide anticipation to the baby’s birth. Anxiety and difficult circumstances may lead towards thought of terminating pregnancy. One of those methods of termination include a medical abortion. We will look at fetal development and the way medicine terminates a pregnancy.


By the time you realize you may be pregnant, the baby has attached itself to the uterus wall and has begun to develop its systems that make up the child’s structure. By week 5 the baby’s major systems and structures develop. This includes the brain, spinal cord, blood cells, nerve cells, and heart. This is the growth period at when the fertilized egg is called an embryo. Your body develops progesterone which is important for the continuation of the pregnancy.


A medical abortion requires two medications for it to be effective. These two medications are mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is given to begin the process by detaching the placenta from the uterus wall and thinning out the cervix so that the pregnancy can be expelled. Misoprostol is given after taking Mifepristone to begin contractions that allow the body to pass the pregnancy. This process will most likely be done at home. In retrospect, you will be delivering the pregnancy early in your own home. Considering the gestation period when this takes place will determine the development size of the fetus and what you will experience in this process.


If you choose to take this route and change your mind in the process, know that there is medication that can be taken to try to reverse the process. This reversal would need to be started within 72 hours of taking Mifepristone. To receive help, contact Abortion Pill Rescue at abortionpillreversal.com or call 877-558-0333. They will connect you with the closest doctor who provides the medication to start the reversal process.


An unplanned pregnancy can be a difficult thing to experience. Not knowing where to go or what to do maybe running through the mind of the person facing this pregnancy situation. Your local pregnancy center will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Abortion does not need to be the only decision to make. Hands of Hope is here to help you. Even if you decide to end your pregnancy and are needing assistance with the decision, we are here to walk alongside you. Give us a call at 828-247-4673 or email us at info@hh4life.org.


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