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“Feeling Paralyzed in My Pregnancy Decision Because I Don’t Know What I Want”

If you’ve recently discovered that you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you may be putting pressure on yourself through no fault of your own.  Pressure to share your pregnancy news with loved ones (or withhold it), even though you’re scared.  Pressure to find a resolution as soon as possible.  Many individuals facing circumstances like yours feel paralyzed because they don’t know what they want- for this specific pregnancy or their future in general.  But their situation demands a pregnancy decision be made anyways.  This can leave a person feeling powerless and completely overwhelmed.  There is good news! There are manageable, practical steps you can take to uncover your best path forward.

Whether you’re sure how to handle this pregnancy or are feeling confused, Avenue Women’s Center is here for you.  We’re a first-step pregnancy center with six limited medical clinics in Chicagoland, Illinois.  Our expert team is dedicated to helping persons find clarity and move toward a calm, confident pregnancy choice one step at a time, by offering free services and emotional support.

Learn more about Avenue Women’s Center!  We’ve been equipping and empowering people facing circumstances like yours since 1981, and we’d love to partner with you too.

Understanding Your Pregnancy Options

Any person coping with an unexpected pregnancy has three pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting.  Each is a significant choice that presents unique challenges (and potential benefits).  Learning the ins and outs of all your options may be key to discovering which route is best for you.  Avenue Women’s Center offers free, confidential pregnancy consultations because we believe every person has a right to understand all the possibilities and available resources in a pressure-free environment before making a decision.  A consultation at Avenue is an opportunity to ask questions about any of your options and receive reliable information from a caring source.  We’re here to explain the process (of abortion, adoption, or parenting), review the risks, and be a neutral sounding board while you consider your next steps.

* It’s important to check your state’s regulations if you’re interested in exploring your option of abortion, as abortion laws have become increasingly complex since the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned in 2022.  Guidelines surrounding abortion legality continue to shift. 

Approaching Your Pregnancy Choice with a Clear Head

Understanding your unique pregnancy is another effective way to decode what kind of pregnancy outcome you may wish to pursue.  A limited medical ultrasound can clarify how far along you are and identify early pregnancy risks, like the possibility of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy located outside the uterus).  This information may determine which abortion method(s) you’re eligible for and whether you need emergency medical assistance.    Avenue Women’s Center provides limited medical ultrasounds at no cost to help equip you for your next steps.

Approaching your pregnancy decision with a sense of calm is vital, however improbable that possibility may seem.  At Avenue, we believe an informed point of view and peace of mind go hand-in-hand.  Have you ever heard the expression, “Knowledge is power?”  Understanding your circumstances and options to seek a resolution can make a difficult pregnancy decision much more manageable.  You may succeed in lowering your stress just by clarifying the time frame you’re working with. In reality, many women have more time than they realize to process and learn before their pregnancy options become limited.  Medication abortion, for example, is FDA-approved up to 10 weeks.  It’s normal to miss a period before even half that time has passed.

Our compassionate staff at Avenue Women’s Center is available to educate persons and process an unexpected pregnancy by their side.  We understand the sense of pressure you’re coping with!  We’re available to provide prompt, free, quality services with the highest standards of warmth and professionalism.

Schedule an appointment today!  We accept walk-ins at our locations in Darien, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, and Wood Dale, Illinois!

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.