This may be one of the many questions racing through your mind as you stare blankly at your computer screen, too preoccupied with your positive pregnancy result to focus on the day’s work. Maybe you’ve spent years honing your craft or achieving higher levels of education, and you’re scared of “throwing it all away.” Perhaps you take great pride in your work ethic and every hurdle you’ve cleared to get to this point. Even if you’re at the starting line of your career, you might be brimming with ambition and enthusiasm. What a beautiful thing it is that many modern women experience success and fulfillment in a wide array of careers that suit their unique passions and skills. However, if you’ve recently become aware of an unexpected pregnancy, you may be struggling with grief that seems to overshadow everything you’ve accomplished.
An unexpected pregnancy can throw career goals out of focus, possibly disrupting the plans you’ve put in place for the future. At Avenue Women’s Center, we understand what a challenging dilemma this is and seek to empower you by providing accurate information about your options and resources. Our free and confidential services are provided by expert team members dedicated to meeting your needs with kindness and integrity.
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Embracing Your Strength
It’s normal to feel terrified and angry when experiencing a major disruption in your life plan, whether as a result of a medical diagnosis, the passing of a loved one, or an unexpected pregnancy. As you imagine possible outcomes, you may realize that this pregnancy has already changed your life in certain ways. So, perhaps you’re considering abortion because you want to have the power to minimize future disruptions as much as possible. But the truth is, you’re the same resilient, exceptional woman who has already overcome many obstacles. You have the power to make your pregnancy decisions from an informed, empowered perspective, and you don’t have to face these choices alone.
Understanding Your Unique Pregnancy
Excessive questions about the future can sometimes lead us down mental “rabbit holes” that create further anxiety and confusion. Taking this process one step at a time is critical to managing stress and making informed decisions. If you haven’t already done so, a beneficial next step is to gather information about your pregnancy by consulting a medical professional and getting an ultrasound. An ultrasound can help determine the likelihood of viability (whether or not your pregnancy is likely to continue). It will also identify any early pregnancy risks such as miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Seeking reliable medical information is the best move toward protecting your personal health.
Building Your Support System
It can be helpful to have the support of one or more trustworthy, caring individuals as you navigate challenging decisions ahead. So long as they respect your ability to make your own pregnancy decision, they may offer the benefit of a listening ear and a fresh point of view. Again, it is highly recommended that you seek care from a compassionate medical professional who can help you better understand your unique pregnancy and provide counsel according to your needs. Every woman deserves to feel valued and supported as she evaluates which pregnancy decision is best for her.
Coping with Uncertainty
If you’re questioning whether abortion is the only way to accomplish your career goals, you’re probably sorting through some very reasonable fear. It’s important to take time to think through each of your pregnancy options and consider what things may look like both now and in the future. Each choice comes with its own set of risks and responsibilities, not just to your career goals. The answers may not be straightforward, and may entail a grieving process. However, it’s important to think through each aspect of your decision, so you can feel confident about the choice you make.
Perhaps there is more than one path to accomplishing your career goals, and our pregnancy consultants are available to offer support as you explore this. At Avenue Women’s Center, we take seriously our responsibility to provide you with accurate information about abortion and your other options. Our services are tailored to your needs and may include limited medical ultrasounds and resource referrals. We know what a stressful season of life this is, and we’ve got your back!
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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2020, November). Abortion Policy. Retrieved from: https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/policy-and-position-statements/statements-of-policy/2020/abortion-policy
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.