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Can I Change My Mind In The Middle Of A Medical Abortion?

Sure enough, the pregnancy test came out positive. And it’s not something you wanted, least of all expected. So after contemplating your options, you decided to have a medical abortion. You took the first abortion pill, but now you find yourself hesitant. Your thoughts are scattered and you are not so sure about wanting to do this anymore. Is there a way out? Can you still change your mind?

The answer is yes.

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Women Do Change Their Minds During Medical Abortions

From June 24, 2012 to June 21, 2016, 1,668 calls were received by the hotline from women who had taken mifepristone and were interested in reversal. Think about it. That is more than one woman a day. And these statistics are only about women who:

  1. Were having medical abortions instead of surgical ones (the later may also change their minds and decide to not keep their planned appointment. And since medical abortion accounts for only about 39%, think about how many more women may reconsider abortion),
  2. Decided to reach out to that specific hotline.

So you are not the first one to go through this, and you most certainly won’t be the last. Women DO really change their minds during an abortion, for whatever reason that may be. And you know what? Some even do so after completing the entire medical abortion process (a medical abortion involves two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol. Read “How the abortion pill really works” to learn more about it) and realizing they are still pregnant.

According to a study analyzing the effectiveness of medical abortion, 10% of women (9 out of 89) who still had a viable pregnancy after taking misoprostol made this choice. So why does that happen? Why are you experiencing so much confusion?

Brain and stress

How Our Brains Perceive And React To Stressful Events

Our brains don’t like stress, because stress can wreak havoc on our health in the long-term. And the essence of stress is uncertainty. When we face an unexpected situation, we see it as a threat. And our brain’s reaction is to want to eliminate that threat. We ask ourselves “how can I safeguard my future physical, mental and social wellbeing”, and then we act accordingly. The downside is that when we perceive a threat, it’s as if we had a red light flashing at us and were unable to think rationally. Our prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for planning and decision-making shuts down: “Complex decision-making disappears, as does our access to multiple perspectives. As our attention narrows, we find ourselves trapped in the one perspective that makes us feel the most safe“.

What does it have to do with your current pregnancy? Everything. You see, we often see an unplanned pregnancy as a threat. It is a sudden intrusion that you did not want, and that you maybe even actively tried to prevent by using contraception (just like 50% of women going through abortion). But it didn’t work, and you felt that the baby would shatter your entire life. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be so black or white. You don’t have to choose between your dreams and your baby. You can still go back and choose both, because you are not alone.

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What Is Abortion Pill Reversal?

Abortion Pill Reversal is a protocol that has been designed by researchers and physicians for women like you, who initiated a medical abortion and changed their minds. It works by taking progesterone, the natural hormone essential for pregnancy that is being blocked by the abortion pill.

If you want to reverse an abortion, though, you need to receive the first dose of progesterone in the following 24 to 72 hours after taking mifepristone. The sooner you start the abortion pill reversal protocol, the higher your chances of saving your pregnancy.

You can read more about the abortion pill reversal process and what you should expect when you come to Lifeline.

Now, maybe you still don’t feel ready to have a baby. That is okay. You don’t have to have all the answers or feel prepared enough right away. At Lifeline, we provide many services at no cost, ranging from confidential counseling, parenting classes, support for dads, to adoption and other referrals. We are here for you!










You Can Have An Abortion Pill Reversal At Lifeline!

Are you looking for help because you took the first abortion pill but now you aren’t sure you want to go through with the abortion anymore? There is protocol called abortion pill reversal, but it is time sensitive. You should start the reversal in 24 to 72h after taking the first abortion pill. Here is what you can expect when you come to Lifeline for an abortion reversal. (If you are unable to come to Lifeline, call the hotline of Heartbeat International at (877) 558 0333. They will help you find another clinic near you that offers this service.)

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Steps To Follow And What You Should Expect

For an abortion pill reversal at Lifeline:

  • Call us at (660) 665 5688 or the national hotline at (877) 558 0333.
  • When you arrive at the clinic, one of our nurses will perform an ultrasound to check whether the pregnancy is still viable. If not, we will refer you to your physician for follow-up care. If the developing baby is fine, you will be given your first dose of progesterone.
  • Are you allergic to peanuts? Please let us know immediately as progesterone tablets contain peanut oil. Alternative options are available.
  • Once you have taken the first dose of progesterone, you will need to take a second dose within 24 hours and you will be asked to come back for a repeat ultrasound in three days.
  • Following your second ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy is still ongoing, you will be prescribed more progesterone to take until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy.

We want to make sure that you will be well taken care of. For this reason and because the process is time sensitive, two staff members will always be on call even on weekends.

Do you have more questions about the abortion pill reversal protocol? Check out this FAQ for answers. 

After the reversal

What About After The Reversal?

Now that you decided to continue your pregnancy, what’s next? Maybe you still don’t feel ready to raise a child. Whether you choose to parent or to make an adoption plan, you have options at Lifeline. All our services are available to you at no cost and include parenting classes, material support, confidential counseling sessions, adoption referrals and more. We are here for you every step of the way.




Abortion Pill Reversal Explained

Have you taken the first abortion pill but are now having second thoughts? It might not be too late! There is a protocol called “abortion pill reversal”, but you need to act quickly! If you live in Kirksville or its surrounding communities, you can call Lifeline to find out more about this possibility. Otherwise, you can contact the hotline of Heartbeat International at (877) 558 0333. They will help you find a clinic that is closer to you.

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How The Abortion Pill Works

To fully understand the mechanism, let’s first have a look at how the abortion pill works. Mifepristone is a progesterone antagonist, meaning that it blocks your natural hormone progesterone that is essential for pregnancy. Soon after mifepristone enters your body, it binds to your progesterone receptors. Therefore, it makes it more difficult for the real progesterone to be adsorbed. As a consequence, the lining of your uterus starts to break down and the developing baby dies (because she stops receiving the nutrients and oxygen necessary for survival).

Abortion Reversal

How The Abortion Pill Reversal Works

Knowing that, researchers and physicians established that giving progesterone can reverse the effect of mifepristone. The bottom line is that by supplying you with extra progesterone, it may be able to outnumber and outcompete the chemical mifepristone, thus allowing the pregnancy to go on.

If you want to reverse an abortion, though, you need to receive the first dose of progesterone in the following 24h to 72h after taking mifepristone. The sooner you start the protocol, the higher your chances of saving your pregnancy.

Abortion Reversal Effective

Is It Really Effective?

A study that came out in 2018 has shown a 64-68% success rate. The mifepristone in itself might fail to abort (that is why misoprostol is also prescribed), but the reversal protocol can increase your chances of continuing your pregnancy.

In addition, another study found that progesterone can be effective in preventing miscarriage, especially in women with a history of previous miscarriages. Researchers did not observe an increase in birth defects. 

You can read more about the specifics of the abortion pill reversal protocol in this FAQ, as well as testimonies of success stories

Abortion Reversal Safe?

Is It Really Safe?

You may have heard about a clinical trial that stopped prematurely because three of its participants experienced heavy bleeding. To this study, the OB-GYN Poppy Daniels replied that “the actual danger posed to women isn’t abortion pill reversal” and that “The Abortion Pill Reversal protocol is simple and elegant in its design. There is a strong biological basis for this protocol because it is based on reproductive physiology. There is starting to be a bigger body of successful reversals”. You can read her full response to get a better understanding of the issue. 

In any case, the choice of attempting an abortion reversal belongs to you. Lifeline is here to support you. Learn about what to expect if you choose to attempt an abortion pill reversal. If you wish to continue your pregnancy but don’t feel ready to welcome a baby, you can also check out our other free services. They range from parenting classes, free baby items, to adoption referrals and confidential counseling sessions.









How The Abortion Pill Really Works

Abortion pill, medical abortion, RU-486… You’ve probably encountered these words before, especially if you’ve ever considered ending a pregnancy. Maybe you typed them in Google and found basic answers on how to use it, up to what week of pregnancy and what side effects to expect. But would you like to dig deeper and truly understand the ins and outs of the abortion pill? If so, you first need to know the story of your body. Hang in there because we promise you, it’s captivating.

You Are Your Hormones

Your body is complex, coordinated and resilient… and it is composed of about 30 trillion cells. Yes, trillions. Since all these cells must communicate for your body to function properly, you are equipped with two great communication systems: the nervous system, and the endocrine system. The nervous system is like a high-speed rail network whereas your endocrine system (in other words, your hormones) is like a canal network because it is a little slower. * The abortion pill acts upon your hormones, so with this in mind, here’s how hormones work:

  • Different glands in your body (your hypothalamus, your thyroid, your ovaries…) produce different hormones;
  • Hormones travel through your bloodstream to deliver instructions to specific cells located in other parts of the body;
  • Once they arrive at destination, hormones are received by hormones receptors, which act as the “eyes” and “ears” of a cell;
  • If both the right kind of hormone and hormone receptor are present, the two bind together, the instruction is delivered and a particular activity can start in the cell.

While slower, your hormones are just as important as your nervous system! These little chemical messengers control a wide range of bodily functions and also affect your mood and your thoughts. Your reproductive system, for instance, is regulated by hormones.

Menstrual Cycle

The Story of Your Menstrual Cycle

Why do you have your periods every month or so? Because biologically speaking, your body is programmed to reproduce. This means that, except for special situations such as breastfeeding, illness or food scarcity, your body prepares for a potential pregnancy every cycle.

Ovulation is the main event and corresponds to the release of one (or more) egg(s) by your ovaries. Sperm can then fertilize that egg if you have sex. Since each woman is different, it is good to remember that cycles can last anywhere from 21 to 40 days and that ovulation can happen on any day too, not just on day 14.

So how does the cycle work precisely? Well, several hormones are involved and you can memorize the entire process (only if you want to!) with this short acronym: FELOP: **

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • Estrogen
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Ovulation
  • Progesterone

To start with, you have 15 to 20 eggs that begin to mature in your ovaries under the influence of Follicle Stimulating Hormone. Each egg is contained in a follicle, which in turn produces estrogen. When estrogen reaches a peak level, it triggers an abrupt surge of luteinizing hormone, which causes ovulation.

After all this is done, the body can relax, take a seat back and wait to see whether the egg(s) released will get to meet sperm or not. In the meantime, the follicle that enclosed the egg transforms into what is called corpus luteum or “yellow body”. It will stay alive for about 12 to 16 days (unless pregnancy occurs) to release progesterone.



What Does Progesterone Do?

So what is this progesterone for? Along with estrogen, progesterone is one of the most popular female hormones. Although it is also present in men to help with sperm production, as a woman you have more of it especially after ovulation and during pregnancy. If fact, it is vital for pregnancy, so the abortion pill works by being an obstacle to it.

  • After ovulation:

 The progesterone produced by the corpus luteum preps the uterine lining (or endometrium) for the implantation of the embryo, which happens about a week after fertilization.

  • During pregnancy:

If fertilization happens, the corpus luteum doesn’t disintegrate and continues to produce progesterone until the placenta forms and takes over. The progesterone prevents the release of other eggs, which protects you against multiple pregnancies. And it also protects the brand new life growing inside you. It prompts the endometrium to provide nutrients and oxygen to the developing baby, and it allows the uterus to grow without having contractions, meaning, without expelling the embryo.

You guessed it. This natural mechanism is exactly what the abortion pill interferes with.

Abortion Pill

Here Comes The Abortion Pill

The term “abortion pill” can be a bit misleading because it actually consists of two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol:

  • Mifepristone (also called RU-486 or Mifeprex, the brand name) was developed in France in the 1980s. The FDA later approved it for use in the US in 2000. This first pill blocks the hormone progesterone. Think of mifepristone as a hacker. It comes in disguise and deceives the progesterone receptors in order to bind to them instead of the real progesterone. As a consequence, no chemical reaction can occur and the lining of the uterus, to which the developing baby was attached, breaks down. Most of the time, you will read that “mifepristone stops the pregnancy from growing”. But what it means exactly is that the little human growing inside you is deprived from oxygen and nutrients, and dies as a result. Growth stops because life stops.
  • The second pill, misoprostol, induces uterine contractions, resulting in the expulsion of the embryo.

The entire process lasts only a few days but some severe complications can arise, such as heavy bleeding.

But did you know that the effects of the abortion pill can be reversed? If you have taken the first pill mifepristone and would like to continue your pregnancy, there is hope! Reversing an abortion is a safe but time sensitive method. There is absolutely no fear or shame to change your mind during an abortion. If you happen to be in this situation, Lifeline is here to help you. You can read more about the abortion pill reversal protocol and what to expect at our clinic.


* The Truth About Hormones, Vivienne Parry, 2009.




** Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler, 2015.




First Lifeline Appointment: What To Expect

You’ve called or made an appointment online. You walk into Lifeline aaaand…then what?

If you’ve never been to a pregnancy clinic like Lifeline before, you might feel a little nervous or unsure. Do I need to drink a ton of water and have a full bladder going in? Will I be judged? Should I bring my insurance card? What should I expect at my first Lifeline appointment?

Have no fear, we’ll answer all those questions for you! First, know that help is here for you at Lifeline. We’re here to listen, encourage, and support you. From the moment you step inside, we hope you feel like you’re in a safe place where you can just be yourself, ask all your questions, and let us know how we can best help you. All are welcome regardless of their race, religion, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.  Everyone needs an extra hand sometimes, and we want to extend ours, free of judgement!


  • Lifeline is located at 1515 N New St., Kirksville, MO. If you’re familiar with the Kirksville area, we’re right behind Auto Zone off of Baltimore St./ Business Hwy 63.
  • Park in the Client/Expecting Mom/New Mom spots (VIP parking!).
  • Enter through the front door and you’ll hear a happy chime and see a friendly face at the front desk ready to check you in. Just let our receptionist know your name and she’ll make sure our nurses know you’ve arrived.


If you are coming for a pregnancy test, we recommend you to wait until the week after your missed period in order to make sure that you don’t get a false negative, as it can take a little while for the pregnancy hormone to be detectable by the tests.


  • All new clients will need to bring a photo ID and a social security card. The photo ID could be a driver’s license or permit, a school ID, a passport, or any other official ID that has your photo and legal name. This just helps us make sure our clinic is safe and secure for everybody. If you don’t have these documents, please give us a call before the appointment so we can find an alternative and ensure that you will be able to receive our care anyway.
  • Are you coming for a pregnancy-related service and you have already seen a physician? Bring your proof of pregnancy document with you. If you don’t have it yet, no worries as we can provide it for you after a pregnancy test.
  • If you’re coming for a pregnancy test or an ultrasound, arrive with a full bladder. The pregnancy test requires a urine sample from you, and having a full bladder for an ultrasound allows the nurse to get a better picture of the reproductive system. Don’t worry, we’ll let you relieve yourself as soon as possible!
  • Feel free to bring your significant other, a friend, or family member. We want you to have the support from loved ones that you need! The nurse will ask to talk with you individually at first just to make sure you have the opportunity to ask any questions or share private information that you wouldn’t want to share with your friends and family. But soon your loved ones will be able to join you to learn more about our programs and about your pregnancy situation and ask any questions they might have. We even offer Dadline, a fatherhood mentorship program designed just for expecting/new dads. If you are pregnant or a new mom and the father of your baby wants to learn more about being a dad, our nurse can give him more information on that program.


  • You won’t need to bring any form of payment, because all of our services are offered at no charge (celebrate good times, come on)!
  • Insurance information is not needed for our services.
  • Please leave food and drinks at home or in the car so we can keep our clinic clean for everybody.


  • Our receptionist will have you fill out some paperwork when you arrive. Nothing super long, just your name, date of birth, date of your last menstrual period (if that applies to the type of appointment you are here for), and other basic info.
  • Whenever the nurse is ready, she’ll take you back to one of our comfy client rooms. No stark white walls, no obnoxiously bright lights. Just a cozy room with plush chairs, colorful designs, and plenty of privacy for you to talk one-on-one with a registered nurse who wants to help you. She’ll go through some more questions with you about your pregnancy or potential pregnancy, medical history, and what resources are available to further assist you. Your honest answers will allow her to best help you.


  • The nurse will show you the private bathroom, and you’ll go in to provide a urine sample in a cup.
  • When you’re finished, the nurse will test your urine for HCG (a pregnancy hormone) with a medical-grade pregnancy test.
  • If the test is positive, she’ll discuss your options with you and let you know about all the resources available at our clinic, like our Earn While You Learn program. She’ll also refer you to other helpful community resources.
  • If the test is negative, the nurse will still be happy to share information about our programs or community referrals if you want to know more. And, whatever the test result, whether you want to shout for joy or need time to process the situation, the nurse will be by your side as long as you want.


  • If you’re in the first or second trimester of pregnancy, you might be eligible for an ultrasound at Lifeline.
  • Our nurse will take you back to the ultrasound room, and an additional staff person will accompany you and the nurse for extra support.
  • The exam will start with an abdominal ultrasound (on your belly), and if you’re early on in your pregnancy you will also need a transvaginal ultrasound. The vaginal probe allows us to get a clearer picture when the pregnancy is just getting started.
  • The nurse will use either or both probes to measure the gestational age of the baby (how far along you are), the baby’s heart rate, and to make sure the pregnancy is in the uterus where it’s supposed to be. At Lifeline we don’t diagnose any medical issues or determine the baby’s sex. We’ll refer you to your doctor for those questions.
  • After taking some measurements, the nurse will talk you through what’s going on in your body. You’ll be able to see the screen the whole time.
  • Photos of the ultrasound and measurements will also be reviewed by our medical director, a board-certified OB/GYN. The physician will review everything and we will let you know what sort of care he recommends. You’ll even get to take copies of those photos home with you!


  • If you are interested in receiving more services from us after your initial appointment, we might be able to schedule it right away depending on our availability, and if that is not possible, you will be given the opportunity to make another appointment.
  • We might refer you to other agencies for complimentary services depending on your needs.


Hopefully, this info gives you a better picture of what to expect from your first appointment at Lifeline. If you have any other questions, please give us a call or send an email or text. We want you to have all the information you need to feel at ease. If you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet, click right here

Remember, help is here for you. No judgment. No pressure. Just compassion, information, and resources to help every step of the way.

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy: not the words anybody wants to hear at a doctor’s appointment. But it’s important that we talk about what exactly an ectopic pregnancy is, who is at risk, tell-tale symptoms, and typical treatment. Ectopic pregnancies are highly dangerous, and need to be taken very seriously. 1 out of 50 pregnancies are ectopic. Knowing the signs and risk factors can save lives.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

In a normal pregnancy, conception occurs in the fallopian tube, and then the baby will travel to the uterus and implant into a soft, cushiony lining of the uterus called the endometrium. The baby stays inside the uterus until he or she is ready to be born. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fetus attaches outside of the uterus where it’s not supposed to be.

But sometimes instead of journeying on into the uterus where it belongs, the baby will stay inside the fallopian tube and implant there, or move elsewhere and implant in the ovary, in the abdominal cavity, or on the cervix. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, and are often referred to as “tubal pregnancies.”

A baby almost never survives an ectopic pregnancy. There have been extremely rare and unusual cases in which a baby has survived, but the odds are 1 to 3 million. These few cases typically happen outside the fallopian tubes in the abdominal cavity where blood supply is rich. Normally, a baby cannot survive because it will not get the space and supplies it needs from the uterus. The mother is at risk as well for damage to the reproductive system, and potentially death if the ectopic pregnancy goes undetected and is not treated.


At first a woman with an ectopic pregnancy may experience normal pregnancy symptoms: nausea, missed period, breast tenderness, mood swings, and other typical signs of pregnancy. If she takes a pregnancy test, the result will most likely be positive, but that pregnancy cannot continue normally.

Symptoms that the pregnancy is ectopic will appear as the baby continues to grow. These symptoms include:

  • Pelvic, neck, abdominal, shoulder, or rectal pain and/or cramps
  • Light or heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, including the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
  • Sharp pain that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Abnormally low blood pressure

Seek emergency medical attention if you have any signs of an ectopic pregnancy. If gone untreated, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to a rupture of the fallopian tube or other organs, and the woman could die from blood loss.

Causes and Risk Factors

An ectopic pregnancy can be caused by inflammation or scarring in the reproductive tract. A woman may be born with misshapen fallopian tubes, or have damage from an STD or tubal surgery.

Pregnant women should consider the following risk factors in monitoring for an ectopic pregnancy:

  • Previous ectopic pregnancies
  • Inflammation or irritation of the reproductive system, due to sexually transmitted disease or pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Fertility treatments. Some studies have shown that IVF (in vitro fertilization) can increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Tubal surgery. Any sort of surgery on the reproductive system could lead to scarring that in turn could cause an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Intrauterine Devices (IUD). Though it is rare for a woman to get pregnant while an IUD is in place, if she were to get pregnant and IUD could prevent the fetus from implanting inside the uterus.
  • Smoking. Cigarette smoking, especially right before pregnancy, could increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Maternal age of 35-44 years
  • Previous pelvic or abdominal surgery
  • Endometriosis (a chronic reproductive disorder in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus)

Detecting an ectopic pregnancy

Always consult your doctor if you have concerns about your current or potential pregnancy. Although we can’t diagnose or treat an ectopic pregnancy, our team at Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic is ready to support you.

Our licensed nurses are trained in limited obstetric ultrasound, which can determine whether the pregnancy is in or outside the uterus. This no-cost, confidential ultrasound could be the first step in detecting an ectopic pregnancy. We’ll refer you to local doctors who can take it from there.

We also provide emotional support through confidential counseling at no cost to you. All of our staff are prepared to listen and be with you in this time of uncertainty. Whether the pregnancy is typical or complications arise, Lifeline is here for you.


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Season’s Eatings: A pregnant woman’s guide to holiday food

The holiday season approaches! Halloween is over, which means turkey, stuffing, eggnog, and party cheese platters are on the way…but what about for all the pregnant folks? There are definitely some holiday eating do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. Read on to find out how you and baby can stay safe while still digging into some festive favorites!



The main reason for concern when it comes to holiday pregnancy eating is the same as it is all year round: our immune systems are weaker when we’re pregnant. We’re at an increased risk for foodborne illnesses caused by microscopic villains such as E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Toxoplasma gondii. These are all bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can grow in undercooked foods. This can lead to serious issues for you and baby, including miscarriage, premature delivery, birth defects, and death in newborns. But have no fear, with the right information you can enjoy holiday meals without running into these risks.



If turkey is a staple for you and your family during the holidays, you don’t have to worry about missing out! As with all meats that you would eat during pregnancy, make sure that the bird is cooked until it reaches 165℉. Check with a meat thermometer, don’t just guess by looking at it. If you’re a stuffing fan, make sure to check that the stuffing reaches 165℉ as well if cooked inside the turkey. The USDA states that it’s safest to avoid pre-stuffed turkeys. The best way to avoid foodborne illness would be to cook the stuffing outside of the turkey.



Eggnog can be a hazard for two reasons. If it’s spiked, take a hard pass, as the FDA and American Academy of Pediatrics state that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Secondly, many eggnogs are made from raw eggs, which could contain salmonella. Some commercially-manufactured eggnogs are made with pasteurized eggs and are safe for any pregnant mamas needing a ‘nog fix.



Apple ciders can also be a breeding ground for salmonella and e. Coli if they’re made from unpasteurized juices. Unless you know for sure the juices are pasteurized, skip out on the homemade ciders, including ones from farmers’ markets and orchards. For a foolproof alternative, try sprinkling cinnamon and allspice on fresh apple slices.



Meat and cheese platters are pretty much a given at most holiday parties. Cold cut meats are a definite no-go during pregnancy unless they’re heated to 165℉. Imported soft cheeses (like Brie, Camembert, feta and blue cheese) are sometimes made with unpasteurized milk. Unless you saw packing that definitely said, “pasteurized” on it, these cheeses are a risk for pregnant women. But classic cheeses like cheddar, swiss, gouda, mozzarella, and cream cheese are safe! (As long as they haven’t been left out for extended periods of time. We’ll talk about in just a sec…)



The USDA recommends that all leftover foods should be refrigerated within two hours of being left out. Holiday parties can get hectic, so set an alarm to put food back in the fridge before two hours is up. Make sure to reheat food completely before munching on leftovers (165℉).


We may need to take a little extra caution than all our not-pregnant family and friends this season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in the culinary delights of the holidays! If you want to learn more about how to best take care of yourself and baby, check out Lifeline’s other articles and services.

Pregnant, parenting, or think you might be pregnant? Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic is here for you. Make an appointment today to learn more about our confidential and no-cost services, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, and more.


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Can I get pregnant during my period?

But it’s my period…

You may have heard something like it’s impossible to get pregnant on your period. It’s sort of true, sort of not. It’s extremely unlikely for conception to occur during the menstrual period. However, that doesn’t mean that having sex during your period won’t result in pregnancy.

Wait, what?  Yes, it is indeed possible to get pregnant from sex occurring during a period.

Two factors play into this:

  1. Sperm can survive up to five days inside the female reproductive tract.
  2. Ovulation does not always occur on Day 14, as legend tells it.

How the Cycle Works

The Textbook Woman has a 28-day cycle. Once a month, one of the ovaries in a woman’s body releases an egg.  Sperm could fertilize that egg as a result of sex and cause a pregnancy. This process, called ovulation, typically happens around day 14 for the Textbook Woman. However, not everybody is a Textbook Woman. Ovulation can happen on different days for different women, and even the same woman can have very different cycle lengths. Multiple factors contribute to the ovary releasing an egg earlier or later than usual, including stress, changes in diet or exercise, and travel. So if you either have consistently shorter cycles or just a random short cycle, that means you would ovulate significantly earlier than Day 14.

If a woman is having a shorter or longer cycle than normal, the difference is going to be in the days between when her last period ends and when one of the ovaries releases an egg. The time between the day the egg is released and the start of her next period is going to stay the same.

For example…

Let’s say our fictitious friend Martha had a 22-day cycle. Remember that the time between the day an ovary releases the egg and the first day of the next period generally remains the same from period to period (12-16 days depending on the woman). Therefore, the difference in cycle lengths comes from the days in between the period and ovulation. For Martha’s shorter cycle, that means she could have ovulated as early as Day 6. Because sperm can survive up to five days inside the female reproductive system, Martha could get pregnant from sex she had during her period.

The more you know

It’s important to be aware of the way your body works in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy. There are a lot of misconceptions (pun intended) about how the female reproductive system works, so do all you can to learn the truth from the myths.

If you think you may be pregnant, know that you don’t have to settle for a lack of information about your body. To learn more about pregnancy and get the resources you need, including a pregnancy test or ultrasound, click here for more info or call Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic in Kirksville, MO at 660-665-5688. All our confidential services are offered at no cost.

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Is there an Abortion Clinic in Kirksville?

Let’s face it, finding out the results of a pregnancy test can be a nerve-wracking experience. Whether it’s expected or not so much, pregnancy is big news. So when you see or hear that infamous p-word for the first time (POSITIVE), you realize you have a decision to make.

Is there an Abortion Clinic in Kirksville?

If you live in or around Kirksville, MO, it’s important to know that there is no abortion clinic in Kirksville. Planned Parenthood of Kirksville closed after 38 years of service on November 14th, 2009. This occurred due to a decline in client interest and a shortage of nurse practitioners. The Kirksville location did not provide abortions, but did make abortion referrals and provided the morning after pill.

If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, you can still get the help you need from other local resources. Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic offers many no-cost and confidential services. These include pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, as well as options counseling, in which you’ll get to talk one-on-one with a nurse or counselor and ask questions about your next steps. They can help walk you through your options and link you up with other local organizations that can help. Lifeline offers education and support groups as well. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, and no matter how you’re feeling about it, Lifeline is here to help. Please note that Lifeline does not provide or refer for abortions. Lifeline exists to help you understand all of your pregnancy decision options and does not benefit financially from your decision regarding your pregnancy because all services are offered at no cost.

This is your decision. It’s your life and your health. You owe it to yourself to get all the information you can. Call 660-665-5688 or click here to make an appointment and find out more.  


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STD Basics

Our health and the health of our developing babies are intertwined. Taking care of ourselves is vital to the well-being of our little ones, not just during pregnancy, but before and after pregnancy. Our sexual health doesn’t get a free pass on this. Reproductive issues, such as an STD, can have a direct impact on the health of our children.


Sexually transmitted diseases are real. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 Americans currently has an STD.

Symptoms that could be signs of an STD include:

  • Burning or itching of the genitals
  • Pain while urinating
  • Blisters or sores in the genital area
  • A yellow/green discharge

However, many living with these infections have no idea because the above symptoms may not show up for several months after infection or longer. Someone with an STD may keep passing it on to other people, meanwhile, their own bodies continue to take internal damage that they can’t see on the outside. Because an individual may not be able to tell by their symptoms that they have contracted an STD, it is important to get tested early at a doctor or health clinic to ensure that they are infection-free. Any sexually active person outside of a monogamous relationship (a committed relationship between two people, and one in which both parties have verified that they have not contracted an STD from anyone in the past) should get an STD test.

Bacterial Infections


  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis


  • Yes. These can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Antibiotics can cure the infection, but will not reverse any of the damage already caused to the body.

How they can affect pregnancy:

  • The infections mentioned above, if not properly treated, can cause permanent scarring to the reproductive tract. This increases the likelihood of ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, and developmental issues for baby.
  • If a woman has chlamydia or gonorrhea, it can spread to the baby if left untreated.
  • Syphilis can spread to the baby in the uterus, which is why a sexually active woman outside of a monogamous relationship should test early and often in order to treat any STDs she may contract.

Viral Infections


  • Herpes
  • HPV


  • No. Viral infections cannot be cured. Someone who contracts one of these viruses will have it for the rest of their life.

How they affect pregnancy:

  • These can also cause serious damage to the reproductive system and to the baby. Again, it is important to test early and often and to let your doctor know so that they can help you form the best plan for taking care of your baby. This may include having a C-section in order to prevent the infection from spreading to baby vaginally.

Preventing an STD

The best way to take care of our own sexual health, as well as the health of our future partners and children, is to not have sex outside of a lifelong relationship like marriage. Anyone choosing to be sexually active before marriage should consider the risks and discuss past history with their partner. Condoms reduce the risk of contracting an STD by about 85%. This, of course, is better than using no protection but still leaves a 15% chance of passing on one of these life-altering diseases. And again, testing early and often and following doctor’s orders exactly can help prevent damage.


Want to learn more about how you can take care of yourself and your baby? You may be interested in Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic’s confidential, no-cost services. We do not test for sexually transmitted diseases, but we can refer you to testing locations as well as provide you with the education and supplies you need for your family. Click here to find out more about Lifeline’s Earn While You Learn program, or call 660-665-5688.


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Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic
1515 N. New St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
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Text: 660.851.4350
Call: 660.665.5688