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College Graduate and Pregnant

You just graduated from college. You have a great job lined up, or maybe you are headed to graduate school. You are ready to take on the world and then… you find out you are 6 weeks pregnant. Now what?

Here is what might be running through your head:

  • I’m too young to be pregnant!
  • It’s not the right time. I’m just getting ready to live my life!
  • Will I be able to keep my job?
  • What will my parents say?
  • What will my friends say?
  • What will my boyfriend say?
  • Will I even be with my boyfriend in the future?
  • How do my beliefs and values impact my decision?
  • How does what I want for my future impact my decision?
  • What do I do now?!

At times like this, it is good to take a deep breath, and give yourself time to think your situation through. No matter what you decide to do with this pregnancy, it is a life changing decision. While your initial impulse may be to make a decision quickly, and move on with your plans, you deserve to take a little time for yourself to think this decision through so you can better prepare yourself for your next steps. Avenue Women’s Center is here to help with that. With offices in Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, and Wood Dale, Illinois, we are a first step for women facing unplanned pregnancy.

At Avenue Women’s Center, a caring pregnancy consultant will walk you through what to expect with any of the options you may choose for this pregnancy, whether you are choosing to parent, to abort, or to make an adoption plan. Here are some of the things that may occur and/or be discussed in your session. Your first session with us will include taking a free medical grade pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy. Our tests are 99.9% accurate just 10 days past conception. Depending on the results of that test, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and concerns regarding the results in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. We can also discuss additional resources that may help with your pregnancy options.

Depending on your situation and the options you are considering, you may discuss the different types of abortion procedures and what women generally may expect physically and emotionally during and after a procedure. If you are choosing to parent, you may discuss prenatal care as well as how to go about finding doctors and insurance if needed. You may also discuss where you can go for support, resources and supplies. If you are considering making an adoption plan, you may discuss the process as well as the different types of adoption arrangements, as well as receive information regarding agencies you could get started with.

No matter what your choice, one of our main goals here at Avenue Women’s Center is to make sure you have as much information as you can, so that you will make an informed and well-thought out position regarding your pregnancy. In our experience, women who take the time to think through and really understand their options before deciding how to proceed are the ones who fare better in the long run. If you feel we may be able to help with your current situation, please call, chat or text us to schedule an appointment. We’d love to meet with 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.