If you’re a woman who has just learned about an unexpected pregnancy, you may have noticed hundreds of thoughts and feelings have started to race through you. You may be aware that you have three potential options. But thinking about decisions like abortion can lead to conflicting emotions. It’s possible to feel unprepared for a current pregnancy but still consider parenting to be one of your goals in life. But you may be concerned about whether or not you can handle being pregnant right now. If you’re feeling nervous because of an unexpected pregnancy, you may be wondering how you can determine your next steps. Where can you go to find help with organizing your thoughts?
If you’re not sure how to plan for a pregnancy right now, you’re not alone. Avenue Women’s Center offers confidential resources and support at each of our six locations in DuPage County. Our caring pregnancy consultants can walk you through each of your options. We’ll answer any questions you may have about abortion, the different types of procedures, and potential alternatives. We understand the need to discuss your situation within a nonjudgmental environment. And our compassionate staff can serve as a resource as you take steps towards outlining a pregnancy plan.
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Unexpected Pregnancy: Thinking About Abortion, But What Are My Alternatives?
Though it may be something you’ve begun to think about, abortion is not your only unexpected pregnancy option. For some women, there may be worries about not being ready to take on the role of parenthood right now. And there may be uncertainties when it comes to the possibility of adoption. If you’re pregnant and thinking about abortion, it’s still helpful to ask questions about all of your choices to see which one is right for you.
Each of your choices has a different set of questions tied to it. And it can be helpful to contemplate these thoughts with a professional resource that can offer unbiased information. Some of the things you may want to ponder as you think about what plan to move forward with are:
What responsibilities often come with this choice? Do I have access to financial or emotional support? Where can I go for parenting advice and resources?
What are my reasons for considering this decision? Do I feel confident that I know enough about abortion costs and procedures so there will be no surprises? Have I taken steps to assess my health prior to the abortion to see if I’m eligible for it?
What does this process look like? Do I need to contact an adoption specialist for more information? Am I confident that I understand the differences between an open, semi-open, or a closed adoption?
Try to keep in mind that one choice does not necessarily offer a quick fix to your situation in comparison to the others. Parenting, adoption, and abortion all come with their own set of potential drawbacks. So careful research is advised before choosing one over the other. The idea of making a plan right now may seem difficult. You may be feeling overwhelmed, but consulting a doctor or a counseling resource can help you see what solution may work best for you.
Abortion as a Decision: I’m Worried About the Future
As you think through your pregnancy options, your thoughts might have strayed towards what being pregnant means for you and your future. Do you feel as if there’s been a loss of control since learning about this new development? A sudden loss of stability can knock us off course a little. And you may be wondering how to reclaim it as you worry about what may lay ahead. Whether you’re concerned about finishing school, furthering a career, or not being ready for this right now, help is available to you.
Before you move forward with an abortion decision, you may want to break up your thoughts into tiny chunks. There’s no need to rush. You may need to complete certain steps anyway, such as scheduling an ultrasound exam to assess your physical condition prior to an abortion. You may be feeling lost in thoughts about the future and long-term goals. But try to remember you have time and resources to help you sort out goals related to the present. This may be a hard process, but you do not have to encounter every challenge alone.
Are you anxious about planning for an unexpected pregnancy? Avenue Women’s Center has assisted many women over the years, offering reliable information and support within an encouraging environment. Receive a confidential consultation with an expert client advocate who will answer your questions and address your individual concerns. Find out more information regarding your pregnancy including gestational age (how far along you are), and early pregnancy risks with a free limited ultrasound.
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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.