Life can often be a jumbled mixture of emotions, especially if you hope for the best and fear the worst. The hopefulness encourages you take risks, jump forward, and dare to dream big. Meanwhile, fearfulness creeps its way around your thoughts with doubts, worries, and concerns that hold you back. Sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck in the middle of hope and fear when facing an important choice, paralyzed with uncertainty about what to do next. How do you weigh your hopes and fears to decide, especially with an unexpected pregnancy decision?
If you’re hoping for the best and fearing the worst in a pregnancy decision, Avenue Women’s Center invites you to address your concerns at any of our five locations in DuPage County, Illinois. We’ve served women since 1981, and we understand that each pregnancy decision faces different hopes and fears. We offer free pregnancy decision-making services such as accurate medical-grade pregnancy tests and private consultations with our expert client advocates. Contact us today to learn more!
You aren’t alone in your hopes and fears about this pregnancy decision. Many unexpectedly pregnant women have concerns that cause fear, even while simultaneously feeling hopeful about the possibilities ahead. It’s common to have mixed emotions with a pregnancy decision, and while this may be comforting, it doesn’t make it any easier to decide between your options of parenting, adoption, or abortion.
Hoping for the Best in a Pregnancy Decision
Each person’s hopes for their future look differently. What are you hoping for in this pregnancy decision? What are some things that give you (or could give you) hope in each of the pregnancy options you’re considering? Is there a fear for each hope that comes to mind? It can be just as scary to address your hopes in a pregnancy situation as it is to face your fears. It can also be difficult to place hope in the dreams you might’ve had before learning you were pregnant. What does your best pregnancy decision look like to you? If you’re uncertain, what are some ways you can learn more about your options to help you decide?
Fearing the Worst in a Pregnancy Decision
If you’re anything like me, you might fear the worst and imagine a slew of awful things that can happen with each pregnancy option you’re considering. Are you worried you’ll make the “wrong” decision for yourself and your future? What are some of the worst-case scenarios that come to mind? Do you find yourself getting lost in these fears? The mound of terrifying thoughts can leave you feeling buried in despair with a pregnancy decision. It can be helpful to shift your thoughts and think of some possible solutions for each of your worst fears.
Facing Your Hopes and Fears in a Pregnancy Decision
It might seem odd to essentially write a pro/con list when facing such an important decision, but it can help organize your thoughts about each pregnancy option you’re considering. Writing down your hopes and fears might even gain insight into the next steps of your pregnancy decision. As you pour out your hopes and fears, which list is longer? Are there items pulling at your thoughts and feelings more than others? After making this list, do you still feel stuck in the middle of your hopes and fears, uncertain of your pregnancy decision ahead?
Talking about your pregnancy decision out loud can be a courageous step forward in facing your hopes and fears. Find a trusted person to speak with, or a local pregnancy decision center to address your personal and individual concerns. You don’t need to feel stuck in the middle of your hopes and fears on your own. Reach out for help in weighing your pregnancy options.
Avenue Women’s Center is a great place to start! Each of our locations offer a private and nonjudgmental environment as you take the first steps of your pregnancy decision. Our expert client advocates care about providing you with the facts about your pregnancy options, as well as addressing your personalized questions and concerns. We come alongside each woman with compassion, understanding, and confidentiality as they face their hopes and fears of a pregnancy decision. Call, text, chat, or email us to set up your free appointment today!
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.