When you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is normal to feel overwhelmed about your next steps. However, it is important to know that you have options, support, and resources available to you. You do not have to go through this alone.
1. Verify your pregnancy test results
Lab-Quality Pregnancy Tests
If you have taken an at-home pregnancy test, it is important to verify those results. Many places offer lab-quality pregnancy testing to women facing unplanned pregnancies at no cost to you. These tests are administered by medical professionals and are more accurate than the test available in stores.
Ultrasounds are an important step of verifying your pregnancy and can provide you with more information to help you make a decision on how you want to proceed with your pregnancy. A limited ultrasound will allow you to find out how far along the pregnancy is and if it is viable. Knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy may determine what options are available to you in regards to the outcome of your pregnancy.
2. Know your options
Abortion is a life-changing decision and it is important to equip yourself with up-to-date and accurate information before making a final decision. As with any medical procedure, abortion comes with certain risks including physical and emotional side effects. It is recommended that you speak with a healthcare professional prior to making a decision to have an abortion so you know what the best option is for you.
Adoption is the most overlooked option for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Adoption can help you turn your unplanned pregnancy into a silver lining for a family looking to add another member to their own. Adoption may be a great option for you if:
- You are not in a financial position to have a child
- You are a student or are focused on building your career
- You don’t have the support to be able to raise a child
- You want your child to grow up in a loving, two-parent home
Whether you are interested in an open or closed adoption, there are many resources available to women facing an unplanned pregnancy to help create an adoption plan and find adoptive parents.
While it may have not been what you planned, parenting may still be an option for you.
Many places offer free parenting classes and resources to women and young couples facing an unplanned pregnancy to give them the tools to feel confident in their ability to raise a child. There are resources to help you raise a child, no matter your financial situation or stage in life.
3. Identify your support system
You do not have to go through this alone. It is important to remind yourself who can support you through this process. Whether it be your parents, your partner, friends, family, or a resource center, you have people around you to help you. Just remember that this is your decision and only you can make the final decision about how you want to proceed with your pregnancy.