Being pregnant while homeless can be scary and very difficult, so it’s important to know what to expect and what resources are available.
Access to healthcare
Have a pregnancy test done by a doctor. Over the counter tests are not always accurate. Several local organizations provide free pregnancy tests, free prenatal care throughout your pregnancy, and help you find housing. See Local Resources for information on local charities and organizations geared towards pregnant women.
Our favorite organizations:
- Veronica’s Home of Mercy: Maternity housing just for pregnant women.
- Planned parenthood: Free access to health care throughout your pregnancy and access to alternative options to pregnancy.
- Pregnancy & Family Resource Center: Free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds and help connect you with local charities and housing.
Early signs of pregnancy:
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
- Breast pain or bigger breasts
- Needing to pee more often than usual
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Cramping in the lower belly
What you might experience later in pregnancy:
- Heartburn: This is a burning feeling in your chest or throat
- Constipation or difficulty with bowel movements
- Hemorrhoids: These are painful swollen veins in the rectum that often bleed when going to the bathroom
- Stuffy nose and nosebleeds
- Feeling short of breath
- Low back pain or leg cramps
- Headaches and trouble sleeping
- Mild swelling in your feet or ankles
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Often called “false" labor because it feels like you are about to have your baby, causing belly pain, but it is actually your body’s way of getting ready to give birth. If you start to have contractions and are unsure if it might be “false” labor GO TO THE DOCTOR. No one will ever be upset with you for going to the hospital if you really think something might be wrong.
Signs that something might be wrong - Never hesitate to go to the hospital:
- Any vaginal bleeding or fluid leaks.
- You don't feel your baby move around as much as usual.
- Worsening back or belly pain.
- Feeling dizzy or like you might pass out.
- Headaches that don’t get better with rest.
- Spots or flashing lights in your vision.
- Fever, pain when you pee, or blood in your urine.
- Contractions or belly pain that slowly becomes stronger and comes more often - this might mean that you are in active labor and the baby is coming.