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So How Far Along am I?...

 

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Maybe one of the most common questions I get asked and one very confusing concept to try to explain to someone is, what is the difference between gestational age and conception age?  It also can be a very sensitive topic for a mother, or father, who may be questioning paternity (who the baby’s father is). 

The average woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days from the beginning of one period to the beginning of the next, with an average ovulation date being on day 14 of that cycle. If you have unprotected sex around the time you ovulate, you have a significant chance of getting pregnant.  If you become pregnant, the date of conception will have been around that 14th day, 2 weeks after your period had started.  But remember, these are averages and not exact dates.  Some women’s menstrual cycles are longer or shorter than 28 days, which would then alter the date of ovulation.  Also note that a man’s sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to 5 days.  So that means conception can occur several days after having intercourse.

Most women know when their menstrual period begins but do not know when they ovulate because it is much more difficult to track.  Your baby’s due date is estimated to be 40 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period, which in most cases is very easy to calculate. So, more simply, when your period starts, that is a sign that your body is preparing to become pregnant, which starts the calculation of the gestational age; you don’t actually become pregnant for another 2 weeks, if you have sexual intercourse around the time you ovulate, which is the calculation of the conception age.

Again, this can be very confusing for someone to understand.  If your hope is to not get pregnant, abstinence is your only guarantee. If your hope is to become pregnant, try tracking your menstrual cycles and symptoms throughout the month to increase awareness of what’s happening in your body. 

If you would like to learn more about Natural Family Planning, contact our office and 210-543-7200.  If you have more questions about this topic, I can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Written by Ellen. When you come to Life Choices, it is Ellen who will be doing your sonogram and help you answer that important question - how far along am I?!

Lay Down the Shame and Guilt! God want’s you free!

There is something refreshing about facing a new year.  It’s a new start with a clean slate!  We resolve not to repeat past mistakes and are determined to be a better person….this year.  For some of us, we are glad to leave the holidays behind; too many triggers remind us of a painful decision we made, a decision we can never take back.  Every year I wanted so much to start new.  The problem was that I carried my past into my present.  It was always there, looming over me like a dark cloud that followed me wherever I went.  Abortion impacted my life in ways I didn’t even realize.  Early on I tried to tell myself it was the right decision, and I tried to forget, but the truth of my decision chased me down like a thug in a dark alley. 

Then one day, 36 years and a day after my abortion, I happened to meet a woman who worked for a pregnancy center in another state.  As she talked about her job, I was overcome with grief.  I tearfully confessed my dirtiest secret; I was so ashamed. With loving and tearful eyes, she encouraged me to seek out abortion healing in my city.  That led me to call Life Choices. I received love and acceptance; they didn’t judge me.  I went through the Abortion healing program at Life Choices and learned that God’s love is much bigger than my mistakes!  His forgiveness healed me and set me free!  

If you know my story because it sounds a lot like your own, please know there is help for you too. 

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us.  It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return…Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.  Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands and step out into the invincible future with Him.” 

Let this New Year be the start of a new life, forgiven and free!   Give us a call. 

 

Written by Linda Huck. You can reach Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please feel free to contact her and share your thoughts! 

 

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Thanks so much for visiting our blog!

 

We are excited to have this time with you! On this page you will find an array of different topics, ideas, inspirtations, lessons, encouragment and much more! We want to share with you where our heart is coming from.

 

This is your chance to get to know us better and for us to open up with you. With each post, you will be hearing from a different Life Choices staff member and get to see behind the scenes into their thoughts. Life is about learning, sharing, encouraging and that is exactly what we want to do with you here.

 

So, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Life Chocies, about those who work here and about LIFE! Let's explore together.

 

 

We are excited to introduce Traci to you as author of our first blog post. Traci is one of Life Choices Medical Clinic's Professional Counselors. She started working at Life Choices in 2017 and we are so thankful to have her on our team!

 

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We had a good time in Amarillo and are happy to be home. Can’t believe that today is January the first and tomorrow is the first day back to work!

Our family had several situations arrive over the Christmas break involving various keys. House keys, car keys, mail keys; how annoying life can be with out them! I was also reminded of how expensive car keys are to replace and how being haughty towards those who can’t find their keys is a sure-fire way to land you in the middle of your own key predicament. It all started on December 22nd with everyone helping my Mom search for her keys in the cold darkness of her front porch and ended with the arrival of our daughter’s car keys in the mail on December 29th. Seeing it now as only a week on a calendar, but a week of key difficulties makes for a long week.

The key verse that God was speaking to me before I knew that Life Choices Medical Clinic existed is Titus 2: 3-5” the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanders, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”

This is my key verse not only for my purpose at Life Choices, but was used to prepare me and train me before I came to Life Choices. God knows that I can’t teach these “good things” to any young woman until I have put them into practice in my own life.  Please join me again in February, I can’t wait to share John Mac Arthur’s commentary with you on these verses! Receive your keys from the Father with joy, for he has said in Mathew 16:19 “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven” and only He knows what your future holds. If you lose your keys, seek and you shall find. If someone losses their keys be helpful instead of judgmental and help them find their way.

 

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