Sorting through so many different pieces of information, opinions, and ideas can be an exhausting process. It’s often so much easier to grab facts from one article or anecdote and hold onto it as the sole truth. But reading just one article about a topic can lead to a lack of full information. Maybe your search for the truth is so exhausting because you’re searching with a purpose. You’re looking for reliable information about your pregnancy options and everything you’ve found contradicts.
Reliable information is difficult to come by these days as each source contradicts the next. Perhaps you feel time pressing in on you as you try to decide what to do about your pregnancy. Avenue Women’s Center is here for you. As a first-step pregnancy center, we offer reliable information about your pregnancy and your options. We do the research so you don’t have to.
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Process Your Thoughts and Feelings First
Moving forward with a big decision is a lot to consider! When you are faced with different options for your pregnancy, it’s so important to take the time to process these things on your own first. Before taking in all of the conflicting opinions and facts, you may find it helpful to think about what it is you really want. How does what you want for this pregnancy match up (or not) with your values, dreams, and goals for the present, for the future, and for your life as a whole? Connecting with yourself and your thoughts and feelings about your situation is a healthy step to take as you move toward learning more about your options.
Cross-Check Your Sources
Of course, just as if you’re writing a research paper, you want to check your sources, double-check, and cross-check. Ensuring the information you find is scientific, supported, and factual is really important for making an informed, empowered pregnancy decision. Rather than getting all of your information from one place, it may be helpful and informative to gather knowledge from several trustworthy sources.
Talk to a Professional
Having who’s responsible for knowing this information and passing it along to others can be a helpful step in your process. You may find talking with your doctor, or, more specifically, OBGYN can shed some light on your questions. This person should also be able to provide you with further information such as fact sheets or pamphlets for your own reading. Talking with a nonjudgmental third party, like a pregnancy consultant, can also give you more information and perspectives on your pregnancy.
As you move forward with a plan, it’s important to continually examine yourself. If there is a hesitant part of you, pursuing and processing that feeling or thought may be beneficial in the long run. You may not want to move forward if you feel you will be burdened with regret, so it’s important to make sure you are going forward with courage and full knowledge of your options.
If you’re looking for reliable information about your options, Avenue is a great place to start. You don’t have to go through this process alone. Receive free services and reliable information at our six Chicagoland locations to equip you for your next steps.
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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.