An unexpected pregnancy can be shocking news, and deciding what to do can be complicated by others pressuring you to decide. It’s vital to remember that your pregnancy decision is just that: yours. No one can force you to have an abortion or make any decision you don’t feel comfortable with.
Here are some helpful steps to protect yourself and get the information you need to make an informed decision:
1. Set Clear Boundaries With Others
You don’t need extra stress when facing an unexpected pregnancy, especially from others. Set boundaries with other people, including family and friends, about what you are willing to discuss. Consider the level of input, if any, that you’d like them to have.
Think about accepting help and advice from your partner only if you feel comfortable doing so. Sometimes, partners want to be involved to help you make a good decision, but other factors may be at play. If they are abusive, seek help immediately and contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 for additional support. You deserve the help!
2. Get the Care and Information You Need
Staying informed is crucial. Reach out to a local pregnancy center like Sage Women’s Center to learn about your options, including adoption and parenting. We offer no-charge, private consultations so you can be sure you’re getting the information you need.
If you need further pregnancy details, receiving an obstetric ultrasound is your next step. Ultrasounds help protect your health and give you essential pregnancy information, such as its viability, location, and gestational age. Sage Women’s Center offers no-charge ultrasounds following a positive pregnancy test result at the Center.
3. Make a Decision
Don’t panic when making a decision about your pregnancy. Carefully weigh your options and take the time you need to make a thoughtful decision. Remember, this is your choice; you shouldn’t feel rushed or pressured to do anything. Our staff is available to discuss all options and offer the information you need to make an informed decision.
If you feel comfortable, share your thoughts with your partner and listen carefully to their input. You may find that their support is just what you need.
We’re Here for You!
At Sage Women’s Center, we’re committed to providing evidence based information in a safe, private environment. An unexpected pregnancy can be frightening, but you are not alone.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re here to walk alongside you!