Pregnancy

Health Education Services

GU has resources to help students who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant. FREE pregnancy tests and services are located at 1437 37th St. NW (Poulton Hall, Suite 101).

The common first signs of pregnancy include:

  • Missed period: Missing your period is the most common sign of pregnancy; however, stress, exercise, eating habits or other factors may cause irregular periods.
  • Breast tenderness: Within a few days, some women notice increased sensitivity, fullness, or heaviness. By two weeks after conception, your areolas (the pinkish or brown area around your nipples) may enlarge or darken.
  • Spotting: Lighter than a period and sometimes mixed with a yellowish discharge, a small amount of bleeding may occur when the developing egg implants itself in your uterine wall.
  • Fatigue: If you feel tired even after a good night's sleep, your body may be going through the changes of early pregnancy.
  • Nausea: Don't think of nausea as "morning sickness," as it can strike at any time of the day or night. It may feel like a slight case of seasickness, a full-fledged stomach virus, or you may not experience it at all.

If you think you may be pregnant and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should take a pregnancy test to know for sure. 

FAQ

What should I do if I think I might be pregnant?

First, know that you are not alone. Georgetown University is a supportive community that has many resources available to you.

Call the pregnancy helpline at (202) 870.1666 to speak with a professional from Health Education Services. Health Education Services provides free pregnancy tests on a walk-in basis. 

If I reveal I’m pregnant, will I be dismissed from the University?

No. The Georgetown University community will make every effort to provide you with a caring, supportive environment and will provide academic and practical resources to assist you in completing your degree.

Can I take a leave of absence? 

Yes, some pregnant students decide to take a leave of absence, although it is not required. Your academic dean can help you coordinate your academic plans. 

If I am raising the child, how will I manage after the birth? 

Health Education Services is able to assist students in problem-solving about how to manage student life as a parent. The Women’s Center also has a variety of resources available on parenting.

Campus Resources:

Confidential Pregnancy or Sexual Health Services Cell Phone
Call or text 10am-10pm
(202) 870.1666

Carol Day
Director, Health Education Services
1437 37th St NW, Poulton Hall Suite 101
(202) 687.8942
daycr@georgetown.edu

Women’s Center
327 Leavey Center
(202) 687.6359