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“All My Pregnancy Options Sound Emotionally Painful.  Which Would be Least So?”

Are you coping with an unexpected pregnancy, and feeling discouraged about the pregnancy options available to you?  Anyone facing these circumstances has three alternative paths to choose from: abortion, adoption, and parenting.  But identifying the best outcome can be especially difficult when all of them sound emotionally painful.  Sadly, in almost any unexpected pregnancy situation, any pregnancy decision is bound to cause some hurt.  Keep in mind, though, that each comes with a potential silver lining as well.  And it’s possible to discover clarity, even though this has probably been a painful choice to consider.

We all need caring support in the middle of overwhelming circumstances.  Avenue Women’s Center is here to process this difficult experience by your side, and to help you make a choice that’s grounded in strength- not fear.  Each pregnancy option has its own set of risks and potential benefits. We’re here to help you find the option that is best for you.

Learn more about Avenue Women’s Center! We’re a limited medical clinic with six locations in Chicagoland, Illinois.

A Question Worth Asking

Are you asking yourself the difficult question, “Which of my pregnancy options would be least emotionally painful?”  Truthfully, this may be impossible to answer with absolute certainty.  But don’t let that discourage you from exploring the answer.  It’s hard, but wise and healthy, to consider the potential short and long-term emotional effects of a significant decision like this one.  So, it’s admirable that you’re taking the time and emotional energy to ponder this question in the first place.

Taking Steps Toward Clarity

You may not reach a definite conclusion about which pregnancy option would be the least emotionally painful.  But the process of contemplating the answer may provide a surprising amount of insight, and allow you to evaluate as effectively as possible which outcome would be uniquely best for you.  Consider taking some of these steps to move toward greater clarity.

  • Talk about your pregnancy options and potential outcomes. Process out loud how they make you feel, and what your hopes and concerns are, alongside someone caring and trustworthy.  Being intentional about this can offer various benefits.  It can present an opportunity to receive emotional support while hearing another perspective.  Sometimes, simply hearing ourselves put our thoughts and feelings into words can offer insight.  If you know someone who’s made an unexpected pregnancy decision in the past, and you both feel comfortable talking about it, consider asking for her input.  She’s probably gained a lot of valuable wisdom and hindsight.  Just keep in mind that every set of circumstances is totally unique, and so is every individual’s experience with any given pregnancy option.
  • Learn about your pregnancy options and potential outcomes. Abortion, adoption, and parenting all come with their own risks and benefits.  Each includes a process that would directly impact your health and wellness.  Having a strong understanding of every option and what it involves will empower you to make the most informed decision possible.  You may learn something new, which provides a surprising bit of insight, which points you in the direction of your best outcome.  You’ve probably heard the expression, “Knowledge is power.”  There’s certainly nothing wrong with gaining more of it and stepping into your decision with more expertise.
  • Think about your pregnancy options and potential outcomes. Take the time that you need for self-reflection.  Consider your values, beliefs, desires, feelings, and instincts.  How do these relate to the choice ahead of you, and how might they influence your decision-making process?  If you’re a spiritual person, it may be helpful to pray about or meditate on your pregnancy options.  Just make sure that you’re balancing your deep thinking with some mental relaxation.

Avenue Women’s Center partners with individuals and couples as they take these three steps toward clarity, by providing no-cost early pregnancy help and compassionate support.  We provide medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, and limited medical ultrasounds. 

Reach out to schedule an appointment today!  We’ve been a trusted resource to women from Chicagoland and beyond for over forty years!

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.