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I’m Pregnant After a Traumatic Past Abortion Experience

Maybe the last time you saw a positive result on a pregnancy test you resolved not to let this happen again. From there, perhaps you went on to have an abortion and wanted to just forget the experience ever happened. But sometimes there can be complications with procedures, even abortion. And maybe your past abortion left you in pain and with more questions than answers. So, what do you do if you find yourself pregnant again after a traumatic past abortion experience?

Dealing with the pain of a traumatic abortion experience isn’t easy, and it’s even more difficult facing another pregnancy. It might feel easy to give way to grief or fear if memories of the past are resurfacing. At Avenue Women’s Center, we want to make sure you don’t feel isolated or alone as you wrestle with what this pregnancy means. Let our compassionate consultants be a helping hand toward taking your next steps.

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Healing From a Traumatic Abortion

Any medical procedure can have risks associated with it. Abortion is no exception. Finding this out for yourself is not an experience anybody should have to go through. But, if you do go through it, how do you recover from it? Traumatic abortion experiences aren’t widely talked about. So, it can be easy to feel alone or like nobody else could understand what you’ve gone through. If you find yourself reminded of the trauma of the past during this pregnancy, you may find it helpful to start the healing process. Whether you buried down the pain in the past, or if it’s still lingering, it can be so empowering to begin getting better. Depending on your circumstance you might benefit from different kinds of treatment such as counseling, physical therapy, support groups, or even a post-abortion recovery program.

Choosing Your Perspective on This Pregnancy

Upon discovering you’re pregnant, at some point you have to make a pregnancy decision. With your past experience, perhaps abortion is no longer an option you’d consider. Doing some research on what else is available to you during and beyond this current pregnancy can be helpful. Maybe at this point in your life, you’re strongly considering carrying this pregnancy to term and parenting, or maybe even forming an adoption plan. Regardless of your decision, this pregnancy may be difficult because of your past trauma.

Finding Encouragement and Support

While it can feel easy to give in to fear, doubt, or let bad memories replay, it’s important to focus your mind on the positive. Light exercise and taking care of your body in other ways such as eating and sleeping well can help inform a positive perspective. Also finding others who have shared or currently share your experience of either abortion or pregnancy can be a source of support. It is so refreshing to know you’re not alone and that you have the strength to keep going!

At Avenue Women’s Center, we care about you as a whole person. We don’t neglect your needs. We bring compassionate care in the free and private resources and services we offer. Our goal is to empower and encourage you during this time of your life and beyond.

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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.