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Parenting

It’s your body and it’s your choice; so, if you think you are pregnant, you owe it to yourself to get the facts. You have the right to be informed of all of your options. We know that there are no easy choices. We just want to help you make a choice that you can live with for the rest of your life.

Parenting is a huge, but rewarding, responsibility. To choose to parent is to choose to fully invest yourself in the life of another, for the sake of the other. Most find parenting to be an even bigger blessing than they originally thought it would be, but they also find it to be more challenging than they imagined it would be. As with any life-changing decision, you must ask yourself several questions. A few of those questions are:

  • Do I have an adequate support system to raise this child?
  • Do I have the resources to support a child financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually?
  • Could I handle a child and a job and/or school at the same time?
  • What are my personal life goals and how would a child fit into that plan?
  • Am I willing to learn what it takes to be a good parent?

There are programs that will allow you to continue your education and still be a parent. There is also financial assistance available for many situations. Some organizations even provide job referrals for single moms. Many organizations, such as ours, provide parenting classes and material assistance through our in-house program called BRIDGES, as well as referrals to other resources in our community. In an unplanned pregnancy, no decision looks perfect and each decision has consequences that will affect you and your unborn child. You don’t have to make that choice alone – we’re here to help you in the decision-making process.

Being nervous about your pregnancy, delivery, and being a mom is totally normal for someone who’s pregnant.  At Parkridge, we have a program called BRIDGES that is designed especially for you.  BRIDGES is an educational program about pregnancy and parenting. It’s designed to meet some of the needs you’ll encounter during your pregnancy through practical information, emotional support, and material assistance.

Fetal Development

According to A Woman’s Right to Know published by the Texas Department of Health, the normal growth and development of the unborn child is determined by gestational age, which is measured from the first day of the last normal menstrual period.

6 Weeks Gestation

6 Weeks Gestation

  • Is the size of a sweet pea
  • The lungs are beginning to form.
  • Brain activity can be recorded.
  • The heart is beating at 21 days.

8 weeks old

8 Weeks Gestation

  • Is the size of a raspberry
  • All essential organs have begun to form.
  • Elbow and toes are visible.
  • Organs begin to be controlled by the brain.

10 Weeks Gestation

  • Is the size of a kumquat
  • The unborn child is now called a fetus, rather than an embryo.
  • The head is half the length of the body.
  • The hands can make a fist with fingers.

12 Weeks Gestation

  • Is the size of a plum
  • Tooth buds appear.
  • All body parts and organs are present.
  • A heartbeat can be heard with electronic devices.

14 Weeks Gestation

  • Is the size of a lemon
  • The mouth makes sucking motions.
  • Sweat glands develop.
  • The length is about 3 to 4 inches.