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I Don’t Want to Be Judged for My Pregnancy

An insecure part of us may fear being judged. We may not always be consciously aware of it. But sometimes those thoughts are there, pushing us into an emotional retreat. Anxieties over what other people think of us can motivate our decision-making. After finding out about an unexpected pregnancy, you may have thought: “What will people say?” You might be worried about explaining the situation to other people. So, in an effort to keep it all a secret, you’re contemplating abortion. But is abortion the solution? What do you do when you fear others’ judgment?

Are you worried about being judged for being pregnant? Avenue Women’s Center’s six locations throughout DuPage County offer a safe environment to discuss your options. Our trained pregnancy consultants will answer your questions about abortion, the different abortion methods, and abortion alternatives. We’re here to listen to your concerns and build confidence in your decision.

Call, chat, email, or text us today to receive reliable information and support from our caring staff!

I’m Scared About What Other People Will Say About My Unexpected Pregnancy

You might have felt overwhelmed after learning you were pregnant. It’s normal to have a sense of panic. You may be struggling with what it is you should do next. Or, perhaps you’re wondering if abortion is the best path for you.

It may be a challenge, but try not to overthink how others may react to your situation. Some self-reflection can be healthy. But focusing too heavily on how we feel others perceive us can weigh us down. And when you need to make a choice regarding your options, it’s recommended you think more about what you need.

Do you feel comfortable making a potential abortion decision alone? Have you given yourself time to reflect? Some women find themselves reweighing their pregnancy options once the initial shock wears off. Will this be the same for you?

You may uncomfortable sharing your news with people you know. On top of fears about being judged by your friends, maybe you’re worried about your parents. What will their reaction be? Abortion may appear to offer a way to keep your pregnancy secret. If you move forward with having an abortion, will you wish later that you had told someone?

If you’re uneasy about having this discussion with your loved ones, is there someone you can talk to? Being pregnant can be a vulnerable period in a woman’s life. It’s often best not to be isolated. This can strengthen feelings of confusion, anxiety, and sadness. When faced with the challenge of contemplating abortion, it can be helpful to talk to someone.

A resource like a therapist, a peer counselor, or a pregnancy consultant can meet with you confidentially. You do not need to worry about being judged by them. They’re typically trained to help you and offer unbiased advice.

Considering Abortion To Remove Judgment

It’s possible you still have questions about abortion. How will you feel about it afterward? What are the differences between having a medical or surgical abortion? Have you been screened for early pregnancy risks through an ultrasound exam?

Regardless of your plans to continue the pregnancy, your health is vital. If you’re at risk for a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, then you may not be eligible for abortion. This is because certain health conditions may cause the pregnancy to end naturally. You may also need to seek medical treatment should these circumstances arise.

This may seem like a lot to process. It’s okay if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Women who have been in your shoes have likely faced the same hardships. You have help, and it’s alright to ask for it.

By reaching out for assistance, professional resources can work with you during this challenging period. Through them, you will not have to fear judgment. They can speak with you and possibly establish communication between you and your loved ones. Thinking about whether or not to have an abortion is an emotional journey. On top of gathering information, knowing where you can go for support can be just as important.

Are you struggling with whether or not abortion is right for you? Avenue Women’s Center offers nonjudgmental counsel and care at six locations in the Chicagoland area. You’ll receive accurate information about your pregnancy options in a confidential consultation. We provide limited ultrasound exams to give you information about your health as well. We know there may be many emotional ups and down when contemplating having an abortion. By listening to your concerns, we’ll provide you with a safe place to discuss your unexpected pregnancy.

Reach out today for compassionate support and helpful resources!


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.