“Trust in your feelings” is an adage that so many of us follow. With the amount of influential information and opinions flowing around us at all times, we often turn inward to let our feelings guide us. This can be especially true with important decisions. We listen to what our hearts tell us and the emotions we have within leaning towards one option over others. If you came across this blog, you might be facing an unexpected pregnancy decision and strongly feeling like you should have an abortion. Whatever your reasons, you might be wondering if you can trust in your feelings about having an abortion.
If you’re unexpectedly pregnant and considering abortion, let Avenue Women’s Center be the first step you take toward learning more about your abortion options and alternatives. We offer free pregnancy consultations with our expert client advocates who provide a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and confidential space to talk through your options. Reach out to us today and make your free appointment at one of our five locations in the Chicagoland area!
We’re often taught to trust in ourselves, our intuitions, our feelings, and our instincts to provide us with the best answers in the face of challenging decisions. But what if you’re facing a pregnancy decision and you’re feelings are guiding you towards the option of abortion? Do you dig deeper into those feelings? Do you follow them forward? How do you know for sure if you can trust in your feelings if you’re considering an abortion?
Understanding Your Feelings About Abortion
It can be difficult to know when we really can trust in our emotions to lead the way in life. It can be easy to trust them when we’re excited about making a decision, but what about the tough decisions? Sometimes our feelings can guide our decisions in negative ways, like when we act irrationally out of anger or fear. At the same time, feelings can be the essence of our lives as we experience things like happiness and love. Our emotions can be both inspiring and discouraging in big decisions. In a pregnancy decision, your feelings could be leaning towards abortion. It’s important to gain a better understanding of these feelings about abortion to make a decision that’s best for you.
Many factors can influence our emotions, and in an unexpected pregnancy situation feelings can run especially high. Conversations with others might be impacting your feelings about abortion, such as your partner, parents, loved ones, or friends. Your current life situations and circumstances could be adding to your emotions. And in the midst of all these factors, your hormones are changing and affecting how you feel as well.
Feelings can come and go, becoming conflicted or mixed. They can shift with circumstances, or a change in our beliefs and our mindset. As you think about abortion, your feelings might change or shift as you think ahead about the different possible outcomes. What are the reasons you feel you should choose an abortion? Are they circumstances that could change? Do you wonder about how you’ll feel after an abortion physically and emotionally? As you think through your options, challenge your feelings in this pregnancy decision and get to the root of your reasons for considering an abortion. Your answers might be insightfully helping in making your best pregnancy decision.
Considering Abortion – Taking the First Step
If you’re feeling like you should have an abortion, a first step you can take forward is learning more about your options. Are you considering a surgical abortion or a medication abortion (also known as the abortion pill)? Do you know which option might be available to you personally?
The gestational age of your pregnancy (or how far along you are) is one consideration that impacts your abortion options. Gestational age is determined using the first day of your last menstrual period. An ultrasound exam can also give insight into gestational age.
Another step you can take is consulting with a health care provider or your doctor. Everyone’s body handles pregnancy differently, and addressing your personal concerns and questions can be helpful to better understanding the abortion options you’re considering. Additionally, a local pregnancy resource center could offer information and facts about your options.
Learning more about your abortion options and alternatives is a vital first step. Before you let your feelings guide you toward an abortion, get the facts and make an informed pregnancy decision.
At Avenue Women’s Center, we understand that feelings can be a strong driving force in an unexpected pregnancy decision. We offer free pregnancy consultations to discuss your abortion options and alternatives in a private and secure environment, without fear of judgement. Our knowledgeable client advocates will take the time to go over the facts about your options and listen to your personal pregnancy concerns. We also offer ultrasounds to qualifying clients to help them determine the gestational age of their pregnancy and the abortion options and alternatives available to them. Call, text, chat, or email us today to learn more!
- American Pregnancy Association. (2017, March). Calculating Conception. Retrieved from: http://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/calculating-conception-due-date/.