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Coping With the Challenges of an Unexpected Pregnancy During COVID-19

A few months ago, when you might have learned about an unexpected pregnancy, your mind may have strayed towards some common concerns women in your situation have at this time. What do I need to do? Should I have an abortion? Where do I go to gather information about my options? are just some of the thoughts that may have been passing through your mind. Then the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit, and with the sudden pandemic, new questions may have emerged. Whether you’ve already made a decision or you’re still thinking about your choices, it’s important to care for yourself at this time. While there may be a lot of changes unraveling as a result of your pregnancy and the virus, having help during a time of uncertainty can make coping with new challenges a bit smoother.

If you’re worried about being pregnant during the coronavirus, Avenue Women’s Center is here to offer assistance through what may be a difficult transition. With six centers in the Chicagoland area, our staff is equipped to supply you with private consultations, and limited medical services at no cost. To accommodate you at this time, we can discuss your options of abortion, adoption, and parenting with you remotely, listening to your concerns and answering any questions you may have. We care deeply about your health, and that’s why we’re here to partner with you to ensure you are connected to available resources. Call, chat, email, or text to receive help with an unexpected pregnancy today!

Pregnant During COVID-19: Finding Comfort for Your Anxieties

As we go through quarantine, it can be difficult to find ways to distance yourself from negative thoughts if you find you have too much time to yourself. When we’re alone, we often have a tendency to slip into our heads, and when going through overwhelming circumstances, this may not always be the best place to be.

While researching your pregnancy choices is important, do you have some methods for easing anxieties? If not, and you can sense your emotional state waning, you may want to consider contacting a professional to chat.

But while you’re at home, can you think of things you like to do? Is there a hobby you always wanted to try, but you may not have had the chance? It may be a good idea to fill the day with activities that can stimulate you in a healthy way while you’re pregnant. Things such as writing, painting, yoga, or pottery are just a few ways you can dispel worries through productivity.

Understandably, an unexpected pregnancy may be an emotional time for you, and social distancing can seem rather lonely. Is there someone you can communicate with, either by phone or video, that you can talk with about your feelings? This person may come in the form of a close friend or relative, or on the professional side of things, you may want to talk to a counselor or a pregnancy consultant.

Consulting Professionals About Accurate Information

While it’s tempting to want to keep yourself updated on what’s happening, spending extended time listening to the news or reading it on social media can increase stress. An unexpected pregnancy can make some women feel anxious, and because of the current issue of COVID-19, it’s understandable that you may be eager to learn as much as you can.

Sometimes, we tell ourselves we’ll just click around or tune in for a few minutes until we have the updates we need. Then, a few minutes extends into a much longer search, and as we keep taking in news, we may tell ourselves to look for more. If this becomes a daily habit, and what we’re reading isn’t positive, it can potentially have a negative effect on our mood. This is why it may be a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend scrolling through the news on social media, or listening to it on the television.

It’s hard when you feel like you have more questions than answers, but when seeking information, it’s usually important not only to take in what you can handle, but to be confident that it’s coming from a trusted resource. Instead of looking to the internet or the media for relevant information, it’s beneficial to look to professionals for this type of guidance.

While not much is known yet about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women, if you’re concerned about your health, it may be a good idea to schedule an ultrasound exam. This appointment can alert you to complications such as miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, and while you’re there, you can communicate with those administering the exam about your options.

We may not be able to see what the next few months hold, and that can seem scary. But right now, honing in on the present and what you can do to care for yourself is great place to start!

Are you struggling with the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy during the coronavirus? Avenue Women’s Center offers the opportunity to communicate with our expert staff about any concerns, and have your questions answered during a private consultation session. Receive support, information, and resources to help you navigate an unexpected pregnancy during this uncertain time. Call, chat, email or text today for free assistance through a compassionate resource!

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.