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I’m Afraid of How My Partner Will React to My Unexpected Pregnancy

Worrying about how your partner might react to your pregnancy news can feel overwhelming, especially if you think your partner may respond negatively. However, there are steps you can take to prepare for telling your partner—and the more prepared you feel, the more confident you will be able to feel going into the conversation.

This article will outline strategies you can take to tell your partner the news.  But if you think that your partner might become physically abusive, it’s critical to seek help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is always available by phone at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text at 88788.

Learn About Your Pregnancy Options Beforehand

It’s vital to go into the conversation with your partner knowing all you can about your pregnancy options. This will give you assurance when approaching your partner and help ensure you don’t feel pressured into one choice over another.

Your pregnancy options include parenting, adoption, and abortion. At Avenue Women’s Center, we’re here to give you the space to ask questions while receiving medically accurate information about your options.

Think About What You Want to Say

It’s important to think about what you want to say before meeting with your partner. Preparing some talking points beforehand will help you feel more confident.

Some things to consider include:

  • How can my partner support me?
  • How will I react if my partner doesn’t support me?
  • Do I know what pregnancy decision I’m considering and why?
  • What do I want from my partner right now? What do I need most?
  • How will I react/what will I say if my partner doesn’t respond the way I hope?

Pick the Place and Time

It’s important to tell your partner the pregnancy news when he will be able to give you undivided attention and in a place where you feel most comfortable.

Are the weekends less busy? Do you feel most comfortable in a public setting, like a park? Choosing the time and place will help you feel more in control of the situation.

You’re Not Alone

Navigating your pregnancy and thinking about how to tell your partner the news can be overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Avenue Women’s Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to learn about all the ways we’re here to help. All appointments and resources are free and confidential. We’re here to empower you to make an informed choice.

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.