Am I too young to have a baby? If you’re asking yourself this question, it’s likely you think it may be true. If you didn’t feel that might be the case, the question probably wouldn’t even occur to you! But it’s more than just a question, isn’t it? It’s what’s behind the asking that’s really important.
We’ll talk more about that in a moment. Here’s something we want you to know first thing: Especially if you’re feeling “too young,” this isn’t something you need to handle all by yourself. There is help for you in the western suburbs of Chicago at Avenue Women’s Center. For over thirty-five years, we have been walking beside women of all ages who are struggling with questions about pregnancy, abortion, parenting, and all the concerns that follow when she finds herself facing an unintended pregnancy. Please contact us for a free, private appointment with one of our experienced pregnancy consultants. We are here for you!
Back to your original question, “Am I too young to have a baby?” – and what’s behind the question for you.
Scenario One: Maybe you’re not pregnant now, but are wondering whether you want to take that step at this time. If this is what’s behind the question for you, you’ve got time to think and ponder, and you can ask for the advice of others who know you.
Scenario Two: Maybe you’ve just discovered you ARE pregnant. It’s not what you expected. The timing or the situation isn’t perfect. And if you’re young – maybe even a teen – concerns about your “readiness” for this important decision can certainly add to the anxiety and doubts you may be experiencing.
Scenario Two is particularly difficult, because it’s possible you don’t want anyone to know at this point about your dilemma. That makes it hard to identify who you can talk with about it. At Avenue Women’s Center, we understand how important and helpful it can be to talk with someone who’s a bit farther removed from the situation than a family member or a close friend. We can be for you that compassionate, nonjudgmental listener who can be sure you’re aware of all your options, and is able to work through them with you to come to the decision that’s best for you.
There are other services we can provide for you as well. For example, a free, medical-grade pregnancy test that can confirm (or not confirm) pregnancy just ten days after conception. We may also be able offer an ultrasound to accurately date the pregnancy, an important factor in your decision-making process. Because we are a non-profit limited medical clinic, many of our services are free of cost to you. All services are strictly confidential.
In any case, the only one who can finally answer the question “Am I too young to have a baby?” is you. When it comes right down to it, the decision is yours and yours alone. Others in your life may be full of opinions about it, but ultimately, you are the decision-maker. Remember, though, you don’t need to go through this alone. We hope you will call, text, email or chat with us and allow us to assist and support you through this challenging season. Our caring staff at any of our five Chicagoland locations is waiting to hear from you.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.